• The reception year isn't all about learning to read

    The UK’s dogmatic approach to teaching reading does a disservice to the different ways and speeds at which young children learn, writes Jan Dubiel Ofsted’s recent Bold Beginnings report was controversial for several reasons, not least because it appeared to suggest that the core purpose of the reception year is learning how to read. Literacy

    5.00 Jan. 27th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Jan Dubiel, Head of national and international development, Early Excellence

    Specialist early-years training company Early Excellence was famously shafted by the Department for Education in November, in the latest instalment of the baseline assessment debacle. But its head of development doesn’t express rancour – in fact the whole process accidentally thrust his organisation onto the national stage, giving it “quite a strong voice in terms

    5.00 Jan. 23rd, 2018 | Features

  • Bold Beginnings: how NOT to write an Ofsted report

    The battle for the soul of reception continues, especially on social media, writes Colin Richards It is clear that Ofsted has mismanaged both the writing and the reception of its report, ‘Bold Beginnings‘. There has been needless, counterproductive recrimination both by inspectors and critics. It is time that rational discussion replaced rhetoric and injured self-justification. Let’s

    12.00 Jan. 17th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofsted reception curriculum report: The 15 recommendations

    Ofsted has today published ‘Bold beginnings’, its report into how reading, writing and maths are taught to pupils in the reception year. The research is based on visits to 41 “successful” primary schools during the summer term, and forms part of the watchdog’s wider review of the curriculum across all school phases. In 2016, just 72

    0.01 Nov. 30th, 2017 | News