Ahead of the Budget, a coalition of organisations acting in defence of maintained nursery schools will be handing in a 25,000-signature petition to the Prime Minister at Downing street.
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The DfE has satisfied itself about the technical validity of the tests, but is completely incurious about the effects of Baseline Assessment on the educational experience of four year-olds.
Government should learn the lesson of this report: serious change begins with funding, and with a sustained programme to improve workforce qualifications.
The fight against disadvantage begins in the early years, and Labour’s policies recognise this.
Labour Party policy on Early Years Education
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.
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.
A practical course that involves interactive activities outside, as well as linking theory to practice.
Every child should be able to access early education and get the best start in life - and nursery schools make this possible.
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:
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.
Early Years Foundation Stage is a distinct phase of education, with specific values and approaches, not just a preparation for school.
Delivering high quality early years education requires specific structural underpinning.
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.
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.
Kevin Courtney, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union comments on the Sutton Trust report Closing Gaps Early, published today.