The EYFS Good Level of Development (GLD)

The Good Level of Development (GLD) is a performance measure used at the end of reception:

Children are defined as having reached a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the EYFS if they have achieved at least the expected level for the ELGs in the prime areas of learning and the specific areas of mathematics and literacy. This helps teachers and parents to understand broadly what a child can do in relation to national expectations. In addition, the EYFS profile provides a national child learning and development data set at the end of the EYFS. [Early years foundation stage profile 2022 handbook, p.6]

Insight can automatically calculate whether a pupil is on track for or has achieved the GLD for each term during reception.

For this to work, assessments need to be entered for all the relevant aspects, with the exact subject names shown below:

  • Listening, Attention and Understanding
  • Speaking
  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Self
  • Building Relationships
  • Gross Motor Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Comprehension
  • Word Reading
  • Writing
  • Number
  • Numerical Patterns
Pre-2020 framework subjects
For children assessed on the pre-2021 EYFS framework, subject names must match the list below:
Listening & attention
Moving & handling
Health & self-care
Self-confidence & self-awareness
Managing feelings & behaviour
Making relationships
Shape, space & measures

You can view GLD data in any report by looking for the subject EYFS GLD. You'll find assessments to match those which have relevant data, with a result of either GLD or Not GLD.

For example, on a pupil's report page, you can see EYFS GLD assessments for Main Assessment (based on the Main Assessments for each subject) and EYFSP (based on the EYFSP assessments for each subject):

Subject = EYFS GLD
During the year, the GLD/Not-GLD calculation is based on whether the pupil has met your school's expectation for each subject for that point in time. This is meant to give an indication of whether the child is on-track to meet the GLD or not - it doesn't mean they've already met it.

A quick overview of a term's attainment

Here's an example of the settings needed to bring this data into an Overviews - Attainment report (available under the Cohorts menu), for a quick overview of the percentage of pupils on-track to achieve, or who achieved, the GLD:

Creating an overview of GLD attainment
  • You'll need to choose your cohort of pupils using the pupil filters, then set the Year and Term in the report controls to match the dataset you're after.
  • In most cases, you'll need Main Assessment and/or EYFSP selected under Assessment Name. Under Subjects select EYFS GLD.

A detailed tabular breakdown of a term's results

Navigate to the Tables report under the Cohorts menu for a tabular breakdown of a cohort's results. Click the Open button, then choose the table called EYFS - Term Overview in the list of Presets provided by Insight.

For the selected cohort of pupils, you'll find the selected term's Main Assessment for each of the EYFS aspects, with the final column showing the EYFS GLD assessment:

Tabular breakdown of GLD attainment

You can analyse EYFS GLD data in various other ways using the reports in Insight. For example, compare % of pupils on-track to achieve the GLD in Entry versus % achieved in summer using a Progress Matrix; compare term by term percentages using the Headlines report; compare final GLD results against national figures using the Statutory Assessments report; etc.

National Statistics

Note that a child with a "A" recorded against any area or goal in their EYFS Profile are excluded from all national statistics, so are not included in the percentage of children who achieved/didn't achieve the Good Level of Development at your school.

Troubleshooting and support

If a pupil hasn't got a GLD assessment, first check they have assessments for all the necessary subjects, and that the subject names exactly match the list above (including capitalisation and punctuation).

Insight also needs to know which academic year a pupil will be in Reception, so that it knows which version of the GLD calculation to apply (ie looking at the right subject list). If you're a nursery school, and you want to see GLD assessments, you'll need the "Maximum pupil year group" in your school settings to be "Reception".

If you'd like any further guidance on anything here, please contact our friendly support team.

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