GOV.UK - This handbook supports practitioners in making accurate judgements about each child's attainment....

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BBC News Education - Boys are nearly twice as likely as girls to have fallen behind by the time they start school, a report says.  Save the Children says a quarter of boys in England - 80,000 - started reception class...

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TES News - New research suggests that at least 194,000 pupils could be ill-prepared for the classroom in September.  Large proportions of children starting school are not ready for the classroom, according to primary school leaders....

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GOV.UK - Reception baseline assessment will not be used as a starting point to measure pupil progress following a comparability study. GOV.UK - Reception baseline comparability study. BBC News Education - Baseline tests dropped as progress measure. TES News - Baseline assessments dropped as accountability measures in...

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BBC News Education - Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests....

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Learning Wales - Curriculum development and delivery is key to providing opportunities for learners to develop their skills, understanding and make progress within learning areas, subjects and across the curriculum....

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Council for Curriculum Examinations and Assessment - Overview of the Northern Ireland Curriculum....

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Scottish Government - Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) is transforming all aspects of education in Scotland. It has been developed over a number of years in partnership with teachers, parents and the wider education and business community....

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BBC News Education - Rules that mean children must start school the September after their fourth birthday are flawed and must change, England's schools minister has said. TES News - Summer-born children to have the right to start school in Reception at the age...

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GOV.UK - Pedagogy in early childhood education and care (ECEC): an international comparative study of approaches and policies....

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TES News - A new Ofsted report has cast fresh doubts on the wisdom of the government’s controversial new “baseline” assessments for four-year-olds. GOV.UK - The report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2015: Early years....

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GOV.UK - Early years foundation stage profile: revised exemplification materials....

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GOV.UK  - Government response to consultation on primary school assessment and accountability. BBC News Education - Primary school tests to be toughened, says minister. The Telegraph - Four-year-olds to be tested within days of starting school. Guardian Education - Schools will be allowed...

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The Telegraph - The Government should stop intervening in early education.  Earlier starts to formal learning can affect the health and well-being of young children. The Telegraph - Formal schooling should be delayed until the age of six or seven because...

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BBC News Education - Children from the poorest homes risk becoming an "educational underclass", starting school in nappies and behaving like toddlers, says research from the Centre for Social Justice. The Independent - White working-class boys are ‘an educational underclass’ think-tank...

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Early Years Outcomes...

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BBC News Education - A child's genetic make-up has only a small role in determining how good they are at reading, a study suggests....

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Gov.UK - Research report March 2013....

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Overall Reforms to the 2012 EYFS Framework....

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Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  ...

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DfE - Tickell EYFS Review. DfE EYFS Review - The Early Years: Foundations for life, health and learning, an independent report on the early years foundation stage. DfE EYFS Review - The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Review: Report on the Evidence. DfE...

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EYFS Profile Pilot EYFS Profile 2019 STA - Early years foundation stage profile handbook. STA - 2019 early years foundation stage: assessment and reporting arrangements (ARA). DfE - Early years foundation stage profile return: how to submit data. GOV.UK - Early years foundation stage profile: exemplification materials. DfE - Early......

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Foundation Years - A site to support professionals working with children and families in the foundation years. GOV.UK - Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) The National Archives - The National Strategies: Early Years Foundation Stage. Northern Ireland Foundation Stage - Curriculum materials Early Years Scotland Children in...

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