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The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to say this week that he believes free schools have too much freedom.

Teaching unions have renewed calls for a ban on the phonics reading test, following the publication of the provisional results of this year's check.

A focus on 'school readiness', testing at an ever-earlier age, and the downgrading of play threaten 'profound damage' to a generation of children, a group of experts warns today.

A truncated version of Development Matters has been published as new guidance for early years practitioners and inspectors to help them review children's development in the EYFS.

School starting age campaigners in Northern Ireland are today (Wednesday) meeting with the Northern Ireland Assembly's Education Committee to urge 'speedy action' on introducing a more flexible system.

Early years experts and academics have slammed the new Early Years Teacher standards, which were set out last week by the National College of Teaching and Leadership.

The EYFS profile could be scrapped and replaced by a formal test when children start school.

Despite a call for more emphasis on play-based learning from many respondents to the consultation on Early Years Educator qualifications, the Government has not amended the criteria.

Children could be assessed when they start school rather than at the end of Reception, Ofsted has suggested.

Headteacher Alison Peacock argues that the teaching profession should respond courageously to the draft curriculum by enhancing it with a richly diverse and irresistible school curriculum that builds on high-quality early years practice.