The Statistical First Release contains national and local authority level results for the Foundation Stage Profile (FSP) assessments for 2008. The Release is the fourth in an annual series of Statistics. This Release will show the percentage of children achieving each point on the 13 FSP assessment scales. For the second time, the Statistical Release will show the extent of the inequality gap in attainment between children resident in the most deprived areas and the rest of England.

Summary:

The SFR provides information at both national and Local Authority level on achievement outcomes at the end of the Foundation Stage in 2008. The Foundation Stage curriculum is a statutory stage of the National Curriculum for England, along with Key Stages 1 to 4. This is the fifth National Statistics Release for the Foundation Stage Profile.

The SFR also provides figures that help to assess progress towards the achievement of Public Service Agreement (PSA) targets and associated National Indicators (NI). These targets are italicised in this text for clarity, and details of the calculations are given in the Technical Notes.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • The majority of children continue to work securely within (6 points or more) the Early Learning Goals for all assessment areas.


  • The assessment area with the highest percentage of children working securely within the Early Learning Goals was:

    Physical development - 89 per cent


  • The assessment area with the lowest percentage of children working securely within the Early Learning Goals was:

    Communication, Language and Literacy: Writing - 61 per cent


  • Girls continue to achieve at a higher level than boys. For each assessment area more girls than boys work securely within (6 points or more) the Early Learning Goals:

    The largest gap in achievement is in Communication, Language and Literacy: writing at 18 percentage points.

    The smallest gap in achievement is in Knowledge and Understanding of the World at 3 percentage points.


  • The percentage of children achieving a good level of development in maintained schools (excluding PVI settings) in 2008 was 49 per cent compared to 45 per cent in 2007 and 44 per cent in 2006.