• 5 things schools should know about early-years education

    Children get profound, long-lasting benefits from their earliest exposure to teaching, from academic and non-cognitive development to better health and careers later in life. Research also shows that their teachers’ professional development is key, says Alison Peacock Early years education is perhaps one of the most contentious areas of pedagogical practice. Of late it has

    5.00 Jul. 14th, 2018 | Opinion

  • Ofsted DOES care about the early years

    There is much more to Ofsted’s engagement with the early years sector than the chief inspector’s visits to individual providers, argues Gill Jones At Ofsted, we know it’s imperative that young children get off to a good start when they begin primary school. Once they’re behind, it’s very difficult for them to catch up later.

    16.53 Jul. 6th, 2018 | Opinion

  • New early-learning goals to be trialled in 25 primary schools

    A new assessment model for reception pupils will be piloted in 25 schools from September. New draft Department for Education guidance sets out proposed changes to “early-learning goals” that reception pupils are assessed against. The new approach will be tested in pilot schools in the autumn ahead of a consultation and decision on a national

    14.13 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Ignore the naysayers, the new early-learning goals are great

    Credit where credit is due, writes Clare Sealy; the government has done a really good job on its new early-learning goals So here we are again: another day, another early-years education story. There has been quite a lot of anxiety about these new early-learning goals (ELGs), and people are fearful that they will mark a

    15.30 Jun. 22nd, 2018 | Opinion

  • Heads back call for more male early-years teachers

    Members of school leaders’ union NAHT will debate the need for more male early-years teachers on Friday. The government must tackle the perception that early years education “lacks status and importance” and attracts lower pay to attract more men, according to James Bowen, who represents middle leaders at the union. Currently, just three per cent

    0.01 May. 2nd, 2018 | News

  • One in three reception children aren't 'school ready', warns Teach First

    Nearly one in three children who start primary school in England at the age of five are not “school ready”, according to new analysis by Teach First. The education charity looked at the number of new reception pupils who fail to meet the level of social and emotional development, knowledge and skills needed to provide the foundation for good progress through

    0.01 Apr. 14th, 2018 | News

  • 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

  • We're one step closer to solving the social mobility conundrum

    Today, the government published its ‘Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential’ report, which echoes many of the points made by the National Association of Head Teachers in recent years, particularly the focus on early-years education. The problem is, that despite the good and improving system that we know exists, and was noted by Amanda Spielman in her

    11.40 Dec. 14th, 2017 | Opinion

  • 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

  • Schools that engage with parents boost pupil progress, report reveals

    Training school staff to help the parents of disadvantaged children to get more involved in their education helps learning at home and improves progress at school, a report from the Sutton Trust has found. The research from the Sutton Trust and the University of Oxford looked at the work of the Parental Engagement Network, a

    0.01 Nov. 24th, 2017 | News