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Assessment has become a political game, says Michael Pettavel

Long-awaited details of 'Baby PISA' have not been met with much acclaim, says Liz Roberts

The main study for the controversial OECD International Early Learning and Child Well-Being Study, known as 'Baby PISA', is to go ahead in autumn 2018, following last autumn’s field trial with 450 five-year-old children.

Getting the right balance between assessment and curriculum in the EYFS is tricky - but who said it was going to be easy? Dr Julian Grenier and Lydia Cuddy-Gibbs, head of early years at Ark, give their views

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

Measures of children’s progress – especially one-off assessments such as the baseline in Reception – are flawed, meaning neither policy-makers nor children benefit, say Alice Bradbury and Guy Roberts-Holmes

Action research might sound like the last thing that time-pressed practitioners will want to do, but it is a really useful tool to demonstrate the improving quality of your practice, finds Dr Kay Mathieson

Plans to reform the EYFS Profile and goals are proving controversial. Annette Rawstrone reports

Dr Alice Bradbury and Dr Guy Roberts-Holmes of UCL Institute of Education argue that the policy to bring back the Baseline is discredited and that Government should abandon these plans.

The OECD’s upcoming international study of early learning outcomes for five-year-olds has raised concerns in the sector. Charlotte Goddard reports