Westminster Education Forum

Next steps for early years education: developing the EYFS profile, assessment and priorities for strengthening the transition to primary education

Morning, Thursday, 8th November 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely seminar will examine the next steps for early years education.


Delegates will consider priorities for reforming the Reception year and strengthening this transition to primary education, following Ofsted’s Bold Beginnings report, which looked at the Reception curriculum and called for improvements in the teaching of reading, writing and numbers and a wider review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Profile.


Further sessions will focus on the future of assessment in early years, in light of the re-introduction of a ‘teacher mediated’ baseline test for children in Reception, which will be rolled out to all schools by the end of 2020 - examining the methodology to be used and its potential impact.


Attendees will discuss what more might be done to develop and support the early years workforce in the context of concerns over recruitment and retention, following the publication of the early years workforce report by the Education Policy Institute, which highlighted the lack of highly qualified staff in the sector and an over-reliance on unpaid staff.


Delegates will also consider the expected changes to the EYFS profile and the priorities for strengthening the transition to primary education.



Guests of Honour

Sara Bonetti

Associate Director, Early Years, Education Policy Institute

Lee Owston HMI

Specialist Advisor, Early Education, Ofsted

Guests of Honour

Lee Owston HMI

Specialist Advisor, Early Education, Ofsted

Sara Bonetti

Associate Director, Early Years, Education Policy Institute

Keynote Speaker

Susie Owen

Deputy Director, Early Years and Childcare, Department for Education

Chairs

Baroness Perry of Southwark

Tracy Brabin MP

Shadow Minister, Early Years (subject to parliamentary business)

Speakers

Dr Alice Bradbury

Senior Lecturer, University College London

Louise Regan

Headteacher, Hillocks Primary and Nursery School , Nottinghamshire and former President, NUT

Professor Helen Bilton

Director PGT Programmes, Institute of Education; Senior Tutor and Professor of Outdoor Learning, University of Reading

Judy Shaw

Vice-President, NAHT and Headteacher, Tuel Lane Infant School and Nursery, West Yorkshire

Elaine Bennett

EYFS and Year One Leader, Friars Primary School and Nursery, Essex

Julie Hyde

Director, Cache

Brian Netto

Lead Officer for Early Years, Harrow Council