Closing the gap AND reducing exclusions: how about a radically different approach at the beginning?

The Quirky Teacher

I think we are all capable of so much more.

This is another post about reception year, but I’d also like secondary bods to read this and see the bigger picture – how have those habits become entrenched, augmented and manifest in year 7? I bet you could identify a few of the suggested learning outcomes below that year 10s haven’t quite mastered.

I would make this about the whole of EYFS, but I accept that the ideology of ‘choose, discover and develop naturally’ is too strong, and its proponents too powerful and numerous, for there to ever be real change. This is a shame because I have to deal with the somewhat aggressive, non-speaking children who arrive from various nurseries not even knowing what the word ‘no’ means, let alone a nursery rhyme; both parents and nursery practitioners wait for Little Tyson to naturally develop the ability to sit…

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