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NUT considers boycotting testing of four-year-olds

Sue Learner, News Editor (23-Apr-14)

The National Union of Teachers (NUT) is considering a boycott of the new reception baseline assessment tests, which are to be introduced in all state schools in England in September 2016. At its annual conference,.....

Call for children’s centres to become priority ahead of 2015 general election

Julia Corbett, News Editor (14-Apr-14)

Parents and practitioners of children’s centres have been reflecting on their experiences of the service and its future ahead of the general election in 2015. First created by the Government in 1997 and called early excellence.....

Charity slates political parties for not putting ‘best interests’ of the child at the heart of early years policymaking

Nina Hathway (09-Apr-14)

Joining the debate as to whether universal childcare provision is a good thing or not, a charity called Save Childhood Movement argues the case for a better balance between economic aspirations and child and family wellbeing......

Ofsted accused of favouring 'narrow tests and assessments' over quality early years education

Richard Howard, News Editor (03-Apr-14)

Controversy surrounding the benefits of formal testing during the early years period is likely to continue for some time following the publication of a major Ofsted report today. The regulator’s Early Years.....