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The UK government is proposing to introduce school league tables based on the achievement of 5-year-olds in their Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, which records progress against a set of early learning goals that 'most children' are expected to reach by the end of their reception year. The proposal shows a continuation of the previous government's lack of interest in the broad agreement among educational experts, teachers and early years practitioners that some of the goals are set way beyond the reach of most. Insisting on trying to hit them means that most young children are effectively 'failing' at the age of 5. Even those goals which are reasonable for the majority are out of reach for some, so that all young children are likely to be 'failing' in some capacity.
Given the desperation of the current and previous governments to have all children reading as soon as possible, and now no later than 6, it comes as little surprise that the most unreasonable expectations for 5-year-olds appear in the goals for literacy, and especially these two:
eacher protests against the Key Stage 1 SATs stressed that the need to perform to standards put enormous pressure on children throughout their primary schooling as well as on their teachers. If the existence of targets is putting unacceptable pressure on 11-year-olds, how much greater will the pressure be on very young children? In 2008 I asked Michael Gove whether targets in education create pressure on children. He said, 'The pressure is less on the children, I would think, than on the schools to ensure that children are taught properly' (Early Years Educator, Sept 08, p.15). But last year's t
It is not acceptable to fix poor attainment further up the school by piling pressure on the very youngest in the system. They require a flexible, exploratory and entirely enabling learning experience that feeds inquisitiveness and confidence. Let them learn how to learn.
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