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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

Assessment should be about making sure schools are doing their job properly, says Natalie Perera

Improving the quality of assessment information while reducing the quantity of it will result in better provision, says Dr Julian Grenier

Arguing that much of current assessment misses the point of the early years, Dr Julian Grenier sets out the key aims of the Celebrating Children’s Learning project and how it can improve practice

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