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Ofsted's report Bold beginnings: The Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools put a spotlight on early years pedagogy and the reception year in particular. This page provides useful summaries and recommended reading and resources to help you navigate the debates and discussions around the topics covered in the report as well as inspire evidence-informed practice!
 

5 quick quotes from the Bold Beginings executive summary
 

1. "A good early education is the foundation for later success."

2. “Systematic synthetic phonics played a critical role in teaching children the alphabetic code and, since this knowledge is also essential for spelling, good phonics teaching supported children’s early writing.”

3. “[A]round two thirds of the staff inspectors spoke to confused what they were teaching (the curriculum) with how they thought they were supposed to teach it.”

4. “Many teachers devised tasks simply to tick off elements of the early learning goals so that they could provide evidence of children’s achievement.”

5. “Reception and Year 1 teachers agreed that the vital, smooth transition from the foundation stage to Year 1 was difficult because the early learning goals were not aligned with the now-increased expectations of the national curriculum.”

Read the full Bold Beginings report 

 

All you need to know about the Reception Year

 


Developing School Readiness

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Developing School Readiness

The Multiple Identities of the Reception Teacher

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The Multiple Identities of the Reception Teacher

 

Some views from the Early Years sector

 

 

Recommended reading for evidence-informed conversations
 

What comes before phonics?
Sally Neaum
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Can I go and play now?
Greg Bottrill
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Understanding children’s perspectives of classroom writing practices through drawings
Aspa Baroutsis, Lisa Kervin, Annette Woods, Barbara Comber
Read this journal article [free 6 months access!]

Critical narrative as a framework for professional border crossing in early childhood
Alice Brown, John Grigg
Read this journal article [free 6 months access!]

 


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