Simplistic Beginnings? The Invisibility of Sustained Shared Thinking in Ofsted Advice Documents

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 60 Number 3 (2018)

Simplistic Beginnings? The Invisibility of Sustained Shared Thinking in Ofsted Advice Documents
PAM JARVIS, pages 301312-
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2018.60.3.301312

Abstract

In December 2017, a highly critical report entitled Bald Beginnings was prepared by the early years association TACTYC in response to Bold Beginnings, Ofsted's latest (2017) bulletin on early years practice. In a subsequent meeting with early years leaders, Ofsted proposed that Bold Beginnings should be seen as one component in a set of complementary reports. This article undertakes a review of all four reports to consider the overview of early childhood practice that they provide, specifically with reference to the concept of 'sustained shared thinking' which emerged from nearly a century of research in developmental psychology and which was considered to bear the relevant level of importance for specific identification in the Early Years Teacher Standards. The conclusion drawn from this review of the relevant 'suite' of Ofsted reports is that sustained shared thinking is not referred to by name in any of the documents, nor is any implicit indication given that the authors had any effective understanding of the concept. It is also proposed that Bold Beginnings is in fact very different in tone to the previous documents and suggests an underlying policy shift in Ofsted's orientation to early years education.

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PAM JARVIS (2018) Simplistic Beginnings? The Invisibility of Sustained Shared Thinking in Ofsted Advice Documents, FORUM, 60(3), 301312-. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2018.60.3.301312

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