TES - Last week, the NEU vowed to disrupt the baseline assessments of four-year-olds. This week, the government announced that NFER had won the contract to begin testing in September 2020. Battle lines have been drawn....

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TES - Early years minister Nadhim Zahawi explains why teacher observations have been ruled out for the new Reception baseline assessment....

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The Guardian - Robert Winston among signatories of letter warning against moves to increase formal maths and literacy teaching. The Guardian - Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings report on reception class curriculum is flawed. TES - Ofsted's Bold Beginnings report is 'flawed' and should be scrapped, says...

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Ofsted - This report looks at the Reception curriculum in successful schools and how well it prepared 4 and 5 year olds for the rest of their education and beyond. TES - 'My response to Ofsted's new report on Reception teaching? Best retire now'. TES...

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TES - Department for Education says it wants to see an assessment of pupils' 'self-regulation', alongside communication, literacy and maths.  The new baseline assessments for primary school pupils will cost up to £10 million to develop, the government has revealed....

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Learning and Development Requirements: Guidance on Exemptions for Early Years Providers...

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Learning and Development Requirements: Guidance on exemptions for individual children...

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GOV.UK - Quality assurance review report produced by Tribal Education.  The review looked at the effectiveness of different methods of checking the quality of data from the baseline assessment. This was to ensure that assessment data was valid and reliable....

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The Telegraph - British school children could be guinea pigs for controversial new tests for five-year-olds, despite other nations rejecting the trials.  The move is disclosed in a contract document published quietly earlier this month by the Department for Education (DfE)....

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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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