Data set from Early years foundation stage profile results

Commentary - F1 Headline measures over time

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Data set details

Early years
Early years foundation stage profile results
Release type
Geographic levels
  • Number of children
  • Percentage of children with a good level of development
  • Percentage of children at expected level across all early learning goals
Time period
2012/13 to 2022/23

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Table showing first 5 rows, from underlying data
202223Academic yearNationalE92000001England61889114.165.668.867.2
202122Academic yearNationalE92000001England62258314.163.467.165.2
202021Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandbbbbb
201920Academic yearNationalE92000001Englandbbbbb
201819Academic yearNationalE92000001England63894614.670.772.671.8

Variables in this data set

Table showing all 5 variables
Variable nameVariable description
average_elgsAverage number of early learning goals at expected level per child
children_numberNumber of children
comm_lang_lit_percentagePercentage of children at expected level in communication and language and literacy areas of learning
elg_percentagePercentage of children at expected level across all early learning goals
gld_percentagePercentage of children with a good level of development


  1. The 2019/20 and 2020/21 data collections were cancelled due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
  2. The early years foundation stage profile was significantly revised in September 2021. It is therefore not possible to directly compare 2021/22 and 2022/23 assessment outcomes with earlier years. See the methodology page for more information.
  3. In 2018/19, 23 schools piloted the revised set of early learning goals and the revised approach to assessment and moderation. These schools are excluded from the results for 2019. In 2018, the pupils in these 23 schools represented 0.2% of the national cohort of children.
  4. Figures for 2012/13 to 2018/19 have been calculated using the National Pupil Database, which excludes service children living abroad, shielded pupils, and duplicate records. Therefore these figures may not exactly match previously published figures that were calculated using raw data.

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