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Early years education in England - the new early learning goals, developing the workforce, and the impact of Ofsted’s inspection framework

February 2020

This conference will look at the next steps for early years education in England - focusing on the forthcoming changes to early learning goals (ELGs), workforce development, and the impact of the new inspection framework.

The agenda in summary:

  • Evaluation of the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile;
  • Key findings from the early learning goals pilots;
  • Changes to early years under the new inspection framework;
  • Cutting workload, staff development, and support for the early years workforce; and
  • Key policy priorities for early years education.

Keynote contributions and case studies


  • Susie Owen, Deputy Director, Early Years and Childcare, Department for Education - on the way forward for policy;
  • Phil Minns, Specialist Adviser, Early Years and Primary, Ofsted - on the impact of the new inspection framework;
  • Dr Sara Bonetti, Director of Early Years, Education Policy Institute - drawing on the findings of the Institute’s The Early Years Workforce in England report; and

Speakers sharing particular areas of experience include:

  • Michael Freeston, Director of Quality Improvement, Early Years Alliance - on the work of the Early Years Alliance to provide training for the workforce;
  • Isabel Davis, EYFS Representative, Teaching Schools Council - on key challenges and opportunities for schools in the implementation of the early learning goals;
  • Daniel Sobel, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Inclusion Expert; Author and Speaker - on concerns surrounding SEND provision and inclusion in the early years; and
  • Dr Sue Allingham, Trustee, The British Association for Early Childhood Education - on the response of Early Education to the new early learning goals.

Further speakers include: Tom McBride, Early Intervention Foundation; Dr James Hall, University of Southampton; Abi Brydon, William Harding School, Buckinghamshire and Darren Northcott, NASUWT.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

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A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates