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Early childhood provision: are we moving forward, backward – or both?

Helen Penn.  The Labour party manifesto brings in a new policy on early education and childcare. It extends the government’s 30 hours of free childcare programme to the parents of all two-, three- and four-year-olds and improves the training of

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy

Six reasons why Baseline the Sequel will be a harder sell

Alice Bradbury.  Last week the government announced details of their latest attempt to introduce Baseline Assessment into Reception classrooms in England. As widely reported, this policy will cost £10 million, with the sole aim of producing data on children aged

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Posted in Education policy, Language and literacy, Teachers and teaching assistants, Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Early years and primary futures

Dominic Wyse, Rosemary Davis, Phil Jones, Sue Rogers.  If asked to summarise the main features of current early years and primary education policy, a teacher might be forgiven for homing in on the following: over-reliance on synthetic phonics; continual performance

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Posted in Childhood & early education, Education policy, Evidence-based policy

Our youngest children deserve better than a fragmented patchwork of services

Peter Moss Hardly a month goes by without yet another report – from government, charities or think tanks – about the need to fix England’s early childhood services. Split between ‘childcare’ and ‘early education’, with a fragmented and incoherent patchwork

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Posted in Childhood & early education
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