Newham's pupils excel in their early years

28 August 2015 in Education and Young people
Children are developing faster in Newham than the national average according to data collected from schools this summer.
Statistics for the borough’s Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS) show that children’s development in the borough continues to outperform the national average.

On average, 69 per cent of Newham’s five  year olds are making a ‘good level of development’ compared to 66 per cent on average across the country. These figures are up 14 percentage points since 2013 and four percentage points from last year.

Last year Newham was five percentage points above the 2014 national average of 60 per cent.

Children are deemed to have obtained  a good level of development if they are  achieving the ‘expected’ level or ‘exceeding’ the early learning goals in all prime areas; which are communication and language, physical development, personal social and emotional development as well as literacy and maths.

Overall, 80 per cent of Newham’s children gained the ‘expected’ or ‘exceeded’ level for communication and language. Seventy-seven per cent of pupils achieved at least the expected level in reading, 73 per cent in writing and 79 per cent in maths.

Eighty-eight per cent of children achieved the expected’ or ‘exceeded’ level ‘in physical development and eighty five percent in personal social and emotional development.

The EYFS framework sets the standards that all early years providers must meet to ensure that children learn and develop well, ensures children are kept healthy and safe and that children have the knowledge and skills they need to start school.

The framework places communication and language at the heart of the early years curriculum, cementing the important role that speech, language and communication plays in children's development.

Research shows that the best predictors of educational success are measures of language, communication and literacy and that children's understanding and use of vocabulary at two years is very strongly associated with their performance on entering primary school.

Councillor Rev. Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Our EYFS results are extremely promising and show that the investment we have made in our children’s early years is paying off. This is a very important stage in a child’s life as it helps them get ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and successes. The package of support and learning we provide has helped Newham to beat the national average ensuring that our young people’s progress is supported and their development, care and learning needs are met.”