What does eProfile do?
eProfile has been designed to make it easy for practitioners, teachers and other professionals to track the development of children aged 0-5 against the criteria laid down in Development Matters, giving them and leaders valuable pupil, group and cohort level analysis. It provides useful information to support transition and enables year 1 teachers to plan an effective, responsive and appropriate curriculum that will meet all children’s needs and next learning steps.
eProfile will assist practitioners and headteachers in building a picture of a child’s development during the reception year across all seven areas of learning and development. It can inform the school’s self evaluation process and to evaluate provision. The EYFS profile summarises and describes children’s attainment in the seven areas of learning at the end of the EYFS.
eProfile supports assessment
eProfile allows the user to record assessments both developmentally and as a final official record. for each child against the age band descriptors in Development Matters and each of the early learning goals and characteristics of effective learning; it provides a range of summaries and analyses through printouts, charts and spreadsheets covering development over time and final attainment in aspects, areas of learning, goals and overall.
- Young children learn and develop in different ways and at different rates. It is therefore essential that teachers, headteachers and professional partners use eProfile data, graphs and charts appropriately. Further guidance on this aspect of eProfile can be found within the section relating to each graph format.
- It is not appropriate to use eProfile data to set targets for individual or groups of children, nor for teacher performance management.
eProfile supports transition
Your pupil data will provide year 1 practitioners with reliable and accurate information about each child’s level of development as they reach the end of the EYFS, enabling the teacher to plan an appropriate curriculum that will meet all children’s needs.
eProfile supports reporting to parents
The statutory requirement for reporting to parents is set out each year within the ARA. Most schools and many local authorities provide guidance as to how information about individual children might be shared with parents. This may include elements such as annotated photographs and learning stories which give a much more detailed and personal picture of the child’s developing skills, interests and knowledge than numerical outcomes alone.
eProfile includes a report production facility, with a range of opportunities for teachers/practitioners to include personalised comments on each child’s attainment. The programme includes several options to amend or cut and paste elements in order to contribute to other documents.
eProfile supports school evaluation processes
The outcomes of EYFS profile assessment provide an important part of the picture of attainment for each school. Behind this picture of attainment lies the “story” of the school in terms of the specific characteristics of each cohort and the effectiveness of provision made to support each child’s learning journey. Graphs and charts in eProfile can provide invaluable information for the evaluation of this provision, and the process of school development planning. Suggestions as to potential lines of enquiry and starting points for analysis are provided within the manual alongside a clear explanation of the content, and limitations, of each type of graph.
eProfile supports Local Authority Children’s Services
By using eProfile in children’s centres, nurseries and playgroups local authority children’s services can start to collect together developmental information on a range of children. The eProfile team can help with setting up processes for collecting and collating the data for analysis and for seeding data sets for receiving establishments and schools.