'Nappy curriculum' is leaving a nasty smell

18th February 2011 at 00:00

It was hard to read the triumphant report of successful enforcement of the EYFS.

When thousands of protesters left the profession, government indifference persuaded the rest that capitulation is the only way.

It is not: the thorn in this legislation is compulsory assessment, and it could easily be removed. As 18th century poet and painter William Blake protested, destroy the imagination and you destroy human thought.

Is the profession prepared to allow the child's mind to be emptied and replaced with regulation, or will it stand and defend its raison d'etre?

Grethe Hooper Hansen, Retired teacher, Batheaston, Bath.

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