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Foundation Phase profile
Support for the assessment of children’s learning and development during the Foundation Phase.

The Foundation Phase profile (FPP) supports summative assessments at statutory points and provides a nationally consistent method for scoring the Foundation Phase outcomes and progress data. This will be used to support the statutory baseline assessment during reception year from September 2015.

It will assess children’s abilities and development in 4 areas of learning:

  • personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity
  • language, literacy and communication skills (to be revised in September 2015 to incorporate the literacy component of the National Literacy and Numeracy Framework [LNF])
  • mathematical development (to be revised in September 2015 to incorporate the numeracy component of the LNF)
  • physical development.

The assessment will be in the form of observations and formative assessments. 

As a key part of the Welsh Government’s Early Years Development and Assessment Framework, the FPP has been designed to line up with assessments carried out by health professionals. In this way it supports early identification of possible developmental delay, special education needs or additional learning needs and informs the provision of additional support for children who need it.

The Foundation Phase outcomes detailed in the FPP reflect the skills expressed in the revised areas of learning (including the LNF) for language, literacy and communication skills and mathematical development (statutory from September 2015) and those for personal and social development, well-being and cultural diversity, and physical development (published in 2008).

Please note: the wording in 4 skills ladders has been amended following analysis of feedback from a survey of practitioners. This is solely for the purpose of clarification and there is no intention for there to be any fundamental changes to recording of outcomes. The 4 amended skills ladders are all within the Compact Profile: Phonological Awareness; Reciting and Sequencing Numbers; Counting; and Shape.

Animated explainer

To accompany the Foundation Phase profile a short video has been produced to provide an overview.


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