The DfE has confirmed that the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) will not be mandatory this year; whilst the process will continue to go ahead, schools are being asked to use their 'best endeavors' to carry out the assessment instead
The Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, said that the assessment was being made optional 'in recognition of the additional pressures reception teachers face'
Schools that do decide they can complete the EYFSP this year, and provide information to parents and Year 1 teachers, will not be externally modified. Additionally, the requirement to submit the data to LAs, or confirm whether they have completed it, has been removed
The EYFSP was not completed last year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic