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    EPI report on Early Years and Covid

    This report by the EPI is further evidence of the deep financial and structural impact the Coronavirus continues to have on the Early Years sector as a whole.

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    Maintained Nursery Schools

    Extension of supplementary funding for Maintained Nursery Schools (MNS) through to summer 2021

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    EPI on the Early Years Workforce

    Government should learn the lesson of this report: serious change begins with funding, and with a sustained programme to improve workforce qualifications.

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    Early Years Funding

    We are pleased the Government has bowed to pressure from parents and educators by extending funding for maintained nursery schools for a further two terms.

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    Defending the principles of early years education

    Following the recent sector-led response to proposed changes to the EYFS, early years expert, Dr Sue Allingham, of Keeping Early Years Unique, sets out the concerns of the sector, and the principles which must be defended.

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    Funding for Nursery Schools

    Commenting on the passing of Motion 15 at the Annual Conference of the National Education Union, Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:

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    Social Mobility

    Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union comments on a report from an All-Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility, published today.

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    Early years education

    Early Years Foundation Stage is a distinct phase of education, with specific values and approaches, not just a preparation for school.

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    NEU comment on Equity in Education

    Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, has commented on Equity in Education, the latest report in the Pisa series from the OECD.

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    Ability Grouping in the Early Years and Key Stage 1

    In 2017 the ATL section of the National Education Union commissioned Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes to investigate the extent to which ability groups were used in the earliest years of primary school, the impact on staff and pupils and the drivers of this practice.