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Poole celebrates success in early years education

Borough of Poole’s Early Years team is celebrating following an increase in attainment for Poole’s children for the fourth year running. 

All children in the UK undergo an assessment of learning and development at the end of their Reception year in school, where progress is measured against specified Early Learning Goals (ELGs). Teachers make a judgement for every child’s learning attainment against each of the 17 ELGs at 3 levels: ‘emerging’, ‘expected’ and ‘exceeding’. 

Teacher and children

In the current system, children are viewed as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) if they achieve at least the ‘expected’ level in the prime areas of personal, social and emotional development, physical development and communication and language development, as well as in the specific areas of literacy and maths.

This is the fourth year for this assessment system, and Poole’s GLD has been steadily increasing. This year Poole increased its GLD by 5.7% to 72.4%, above the national average GLD of 69.3% and placing Poole 27th out of 152 local authorities – a significant leap from last year’s 68th place. 

These impressive results reflect the continued hard work, dedication and commitment of the Early Years team, who have worked in close partnership with schools, pre-schools and childminders along with Poole Children’s Centres. 

Cllr Mike White, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Capital Projects, Borough of Poole, said: “It is wonderful to see Poole’s youngest children being given such a positive start by our early years’ education provision. Every child deserves the best possible start in life, and with research showing that experiences between birth and five have a major impact on their future opportunities, our staff and schools are to be commended for setting Poole’s children on a path to success.”

In addition to these recent positive results, Poole was also externally moderated by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) this year, who praised the team for their accuracy in assessment and commitment to fulfilling best practice. 

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