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Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman has hit back at critics of the inspectorate’s ‘Bold Beginnings’ report.

The publication of Ofsted’s Reception year report ‘Bold Beginnings’ has been met with dismay by some teachers and early years experts, particularly those concerned about the push of more formal learning from Key Stage 1 into the EYFS.

We summarise the latest findings from the Government-funded Study of Early Education and Development (SEED).

Early Years settings, practitioners and schools are invited to enter this year’s Shine a Light Awards, which celebrate the achievements of those who support children’s speech, language and communication.

Northern Ireland and England have been ranked among the top ten countries in the world for reading and literacy.

Children as young as three are being put into ability groups for phonics, raising grave concerns about the impact on their self-esteem, and widening gaps in attainment, teachers warn today.

Ofsted is calling on the Department for Education to review the EYFS to ensure it provides ‘sufficient clarity for the effective teaching of reading, writing and numbers’, in a report highly critical of Reception class teaching.

An American study in academic journal Frontiers in Psychology has found that Montessori early years settings can improve outcomes for disadvantaged children.

The Department for Education has put the contract out to tender for a supplier to develop, pilot and oversee the Reception baseline.

BookTrust has launched a list of recommended books for children aged up to five for the first time as part of Children’s Book Week 2017 this week (13-17 November 2017).