A new early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) was introduced in September 2012. The new profile made changes to the way children are assessed at the end of the EYFS (the end of academic year in which a child turns five). This report describes the results of the EYFSP pilot which took place in the summer term of 2012 to support the introduction of the new profile from September.
The pilot involved a sample of approximately 500 schools across 19 local authorities. Reception teachers in the sample schools assessed the children in their class using the then-current profile as well as the new profile, resulting in assessment data for approximately 20,000 children. We also collected feedback from the teachers involved using a range of methods. A sub-sample of 118 reception class teachers were selected to test the moderation arrangements and to give detailed feedback on the draft guidance and exemplification materials.