Tracking Pupil Progress in the EYFS
Why track pupil progress?
Children’s earliest experiences have a profound influence on their learning and development, and later achievement. Effective implementation of the EYFS encourages practitioners in early years settings to understand and support children’s learning and development on a moment-to-moment and day-by-day basis. Through observing each child’s achievements and interests, as well as observing groups of children, practitioners can respond, through their interactions, with new activities or changes to the environment, in ways that help children to learn.
Ongoing assessment is an integral part of this process, and should be used by practitioners to support every child to make progress. Alongside short-term assessment and planning for learning, it is also critical to maintain an overview of children’s progress over time. Only by stepping back to look at the bigger picture of progress can a setting make sure whether daily practice is supporting all children to reach their full potential across all areas of learning.
The SCE materials 'Tracking Pupil Progress across the EYFS' aim to support practitioners and settings to do just this. They have been developed by the Early Years Team in conjunction with a groups of Practitioners, Leaders and Headteachers. The document builds on the guidance published by the DCSF, Progress Matters, which reinforce that the development matters statements should not be used as an assessment checklist.
Please select from the links below to download the materials. The guidance provides a comprehensive overview of each of the links below. Examples of Pupil Progress Trackers and Summaries have been included.