• 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

  • Early Excellence not in running for new baseline tests

    Early Excellence, the early-years company that developed a popular baseline assessment used by 12,500 schools, will not compete to deliver the government’s new baseline tests, after it branded the plans as ideological and inept. Last week the government launched a tender for a £10 million contract to develop and deliver a new baseline assessment for

    13.55 Nov. 29th, 2017 | News