Helen Ward

Reception staff are ready to fight for the right to play

Teachers fear EYFS may be under threat after report calls for greater alignment with the Year 1 curriculum

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Battle lines are being drawn over the Reception year in schools after the publication of a report calling for a government review to investigate the gap between the way children are taught in Reception and Year 1.

The report on effective primary education, led by retired headteacher Dame Reena Keeble for the Teaching Schools Council (TSC), has caused an outcry among Reception teachers and early years practitioners. They believe its authors have misunderstood the nature of the play-based Reception year, which follows the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework rather than the national ...

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