Bold Beginnings: what is at stake?

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

Bold Beginnings: what is at stake?
HELEN TRELFORD, pages 345-354
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2018.60.3.345


This article offers a critique of Ofsted's Bold Beginnings report based on the author's own experience as an early years practitioner. It draws attention to the growing 'readiness' agenda of the Department for Education (DfE) and to its focus on a primarily transmission-based model of teaching. It reaffirms the necessity of an approach to the Reception year which keeps the meaning-making child at the centre, allowing inquiry to develop and thrive and creativity to flourish.

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HELEN TRELFORD (2018) Bold Beginnings: what is at stake?, FORUM, 60(3), 345-354.

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