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An expert look at ... why early years staff are suspicious of Ofsted

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Every week, one of our reporters will take a look at one of their specialist topics and offer their unique insight. This week, Helen Ward reflects on how the watchdog has angered many early years teachers with its draft inspection framework – and says that the reaction of EYFS staff betrays a lack of trust in the inspectorate

For the past year, the relationship between Ofsted and the early years sector has been defined by confusion, poor communication and dwindling confidence.

What infuriates EYFS teachers is being portrayed as preppers of children, getting them ready for the “real” education ...

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