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EYFS Early Adopter News

We’ve had many requests asking for more information about the developments we’re making with regard to the new EYFS framework.

Assuming only a small number of schools would be EYFS early adopters, we intended to contact each of you individually. But due to the high demand, we’re not going to be able to do that, so we’ve created this page to help you keep up to date with our plans and developments.

What have OTrack been doing?

We completed the work on the new EYFS 2020 tracker towards the end of August, but in early September the DFE released the new EYFS Development Matters guidance document – this meant the work we’d done needed a re-think…

As some of you may know, we went ahead with the planned webinars where we intended to show you the work we’d done, but we had to change the purpose of those sessions to be more focused on fact-finding. We used that time to find out how schools had interpreted the Development Matters (DM), and how those thoughts would steer the requirements of our new EYFS tracker.

What have we learnt?

As a result of the webinars and many emails and conversations, we now have a good understanding of what schools want in a new EYFS tracking system.

Not all schools had the same thoughts, so we’ve decided to rebuild the EYFS 2020 tracker with a few options. These options will be based on three sets of requirements:

  1. How you want to ‘band’ your codes and objectives
  2. The codes you want to use
  3. The ‘subjects’ you want to track

I’ll explain each in turn below.

Bands

In the current EYFS tracker, all schools use bands such as 30-50 months, 40-60 months etc. The new DM document groups learning objectives as follows:

  • 0-3 years old
  • 3 & 4 years old
  • Reception

Based on feedback, the above bands will work for most, but we had a significant number of schools say they’d like to group the objectives and codes by ‘year groups’, like this:

  • Entry 1
  • Entry 2
  • Nursery 1
  • Nursery 2
  • Reception

So, you will have the option to choose either of these.

Codes

We’ve had a number of schools tell us they’d like to continue using B, D and S as their codes:

  • Beginning
  • Developing
  • Secure

However, most said they would like to use WT, EX and GD:

  • Working towards standards
  • Working at expected standards
  • Working at a stage of greater depth

Again, we will give you the option to use either of these.

One thing that all schools did have in common was that they need the ability to record if a pupil is working towards, or has attained the Early Learning Goals.

As documented in the EYFS Early Adopter Framework document, on page 19 (2.8), we need to enable you to “indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are not yet reaching expected levels”.

Subjects

Some schools wanted to track all 17 aspects of the curriculum, whilst others wanted to track against the 7 areas of learning. So, again, you will have the option to choose the one that suits your needs.

What happens next?

We’ve started the work on this development. We know that you would’ve liked to get this earlier, so would we, but please rest assured that we’re doing everything we can to get this update out to you asap.

We will contact you again as soon as we’re ready to get you up and running with the new EYFS 2020 tracker. Please keep an eye on your email and the messaging tools in OTrack, we will also update this page with the latest info.

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