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It’s an awful lot of goals for England to score

The proposed Early Learning Goals, published last week, seem positive – but it would have been nice to cut the number of judgements, writes Michael Tidd

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Let me start this week by confessing that I am not an early years teacher. For some that will be a good enough reason to ignore what I have to say, so it’s best to get it out of the way early and let those readers move on.

For those sticking with me, I have a few thoughts about last Friday’s publication of the new proposed Early Learning Goals. It’s just a trial at this stage, only for 25 schools in the country, but clearly in publishing the new expectations, the Department for Education is setting out its stall on where it thinks things should go in the future.

For a start, let me point out ...

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