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Launch of "Getting it right in the EYFS: a review of the evidence"


A sector-led response to proposed changes to the EYFS

The Department for Education is proposing to update the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) from September 2021.  It has been piloting revised Early Learning Goals (ELGs) in 2018-19 in a small number of schools, and in autumn 2019, following the evaluation of the pilot it will issue a formal consultation with the sector with a view to publishing a revised version of the EYFS Statutory Framework, as well as updated non-statutory guidance, to take effect from September 2021.

A coalition of early years sector organisations are working together to represent the sector's views about the proprosed changes to ministers and officials.  To strengthen the evidence base for discussions we commissioned a literature review and a survey of practitioners' views.  This event will launch the literature review and hear some initial headlines from the practitioner survey.

Come and hear what the research says about how the EYFS could be changed to better reflect the evidence about how best to support young children's learning and development and join the discussion about where and whether the EYFS should change.  We hope this review will inform the DfE in its ongoing work, and will also help provide the sector with evidence to inform its response to the forthcoming consultation.

Draft programme

7.00pm   Introduction and welcome - Beatrice Merrick, Chief Executive, Early Education

7.10pm   Getting it right in the EYFS: a literature review - a presentation of the findings - Dr Chris Pascal and Dr Tony Bertram

7.40pm  Headlines from the practitioner survey - Dr Vicky Bamsey, University of Plymouth

7.50pm   Panel discussion -  Elaine Bennett (KEYU), Michael Freeston (Early Years Alliance), Ros Millam (PACEY), Carolyn Silberfeld (ECSDN), Susie Owen (DfE)

8.20pm   Questions and discussion

8.50pm   Closing remarks

The coalition partners

The coalition members are:

  • Early Education
  • Early Childhood Forum (ECF)
  • Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN)
  • Early Years Alliance
  • Keeping Early Years Unique (KEYU)
  • Montessori St Nicholas
  • National Children’s Bureau (NCB)
  • National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA)
  • Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY)
  • Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees in the Early Years (SEFDEY)
  • TACTYC: the Association for Professional Development in the Early Years
  • British Early Childhood Education Research Association (BECERA)

There was also invoilvement from unions representing early years interests from the teaching workforce and school leadership (NAHT, ASCL, NEU, NASUWT), the Teaching Schools Council and the British Educational Research Association (BERA).  

We are grateful to the Froebel Trust and Montessori St Nicholas for their generous financial support for the review.

Not able to attend?

After the event the report will be available to download and a limited number of hard copies may be available to purchase.  A video of the event will be available.  Links of how to access these resources will be posted in due course.

Dr Chris Pascal
Dr Tony Bertram
Representatives of early years sector organisations
DfE representative tbc
Event type: 
Evening event
The Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Strand Building, Strand Campus, Kings College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
Monday, 16 September, 2019

£5.00 including a copy of the report.  We do not want cost to be a barrier, so please contact us for a discount code if you are unable to pay.

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