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Slight rise in children’s centre judgements as inspections are suspended

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The inspection of children’s centres has been put on hold pending the outcome of the government consultation, Ofsted has confirmed.

Along with its latest children’s centre statistics, the inspectorate gave an explanation for the temporary...Read more

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‘Robust’ primary assessment needed, Nicky Morgan claims

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National tests for seven-year-olds should be reintroduced in England, according to Nicky Morgan.

The education secretary has claimed that “robust” assessment is needed to measure progress in schools.

In an announcement today (3...Read more

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New research questions value of free entitlement for children’s development

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Free early education entitlement does not deliver long-term benefits for children’s development, according to new findings.

Research carried out by the University of Surrey, the University of Essex and the Institute of Education suggests...Read more

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Child benefit should be conditional on free hours take-up, report claims

The receipt of child benefit should be conditional upon all parents eligible for the free entitlement scheme enrolling their children in ‘quality pre-school education’, according to a new report.

Promoting more diverse social networks for...Read more

Inquiry launched into life chances strategy

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The Commons Work and Pensions and Education Select Committees have launched an inquiry into the government’s life chances strategy and the role that early years intervention plays in shaping lives.

The inquiry will examine government...Read more

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