Practice Guide: EYFS best practice in schools

A twice-termly focus on different aspects of early years best practice in schools.

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EYFS best practice in schools - In the balance

The recent ‘Bold Beginnings’ report by Ofsted has only added to the uncertainty about what is expected of children in their first year of school. Charlotte Goddard investigates

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools - Being bold

As concerns grow about the over-formalisation of Reception learning, Charlotte Goddard hears how some academies are protecting early years

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools - Clear cut?

With school budgets getting close to breaking point, head teachers are resorting to desperate measures to keep their schools and nursery classes afloat. Nicole Weinstein...

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools - No pressure!

Rather than obsess over whether activities are free-flow, child-led and so on, teachers should consider if they constitute effective learning and empower the child...

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EYFS best practice in schools - Your choices

Evidence must underpin the approach we take to educating young children, says Dr Julian Grenier

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools: Foundation Stage Units - All in one

Foundation Stage Units are in the spotlight amid Government plans to greater align EYFS and Key Stage 1 goals. Anne O’Connor outlines how they work and examines...

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools - Tense times

The approach to teaching literacy and maths in Reception is a key concern of teachers and EYFS leaders, explains Jan Dubiel, one of the authors of the recently published...

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EYFS best practice in schools - Here and now

What is true ‘free-flow play’, and when is children’s ‘involvement’ in their learning not actually worthwhile engagement? Dr Julian Grenier unpicks the theories...

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EYFS best practice in schools - In evidence

Assessment and progress data matter, but they must not detract from the real purpose of teaching, while teachers should be better trained to deliver the ethos of...

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EYFS Best Practice in Schools - Fighting their corner

How can Reception teachers protect the ethos of the EYFS, asks Annette Rawstronein the first of a twice-termly special focus on early years best practice in schools...