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Welcome to TACTYC

TACTYC was founded in 1978 by a group of early years teacher trainers who recognised how isolated they were feeling in their work and how supportive and developmental it could be to come together with others in a similar position on a regular basis. Today, TACTYC has broadened its base to welcome people from a wide range of early years backgrounds; early years researchers, education consultants and professionals working with children and families in day-care, education, health, play work and social service contexts. TACTYC also warmly welcomes students from across these areas.

  • check out the international Journal
  • read other practitioners reflections
  • look out for conferences
  • join in our advocacy and lobbying
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Latest news

RESPONSE TO DAME REENA KEEBLE’S REPORT ON EFFECTIVE PRIMARY TEACHING PRACTICE

TACTYC has collaborated with a number of others in challenging this Report. Here is a link to the Early Education page with the press release intro. You can also find the open letter on the TACTYC website here.

CALL FOR ACTION

Once again TACTYC is at the front in castigating the current assessment arrangements for children in the early and primary years. A collaboration of 11 groups is making a Call for Action to government for a more effective assessment system. The press release of ‘More than a score’ can be found here.

LATEST CONSULTATION

TACTYC Exec has now responded to the Education Committee Primary Assessment Inquiry. Click on the link to read our response. 

BOOK SERIES – first one published!

The first book in our book series is now published: written by Rory McDowall Clark, it explores in depth ‘readiness’ issues – Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the school readiness agenda (Routledge). It’s a great start to the series.

CONFERENCE/AGM 2016: nearly here!

Our Conference is nearly upon us – flyer here.  We now have some of the delegate Conference papers ready for you to read here. The AGM papers are also ready for members to view: Chair’s Report, Editors’ Report, Website Report can all be found here.

AWARD FOR EXEC MEMBER

Congratulations to our website editor and previous Chair of TACTYC, Prof. Emerita Janet Moyles, who has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Nursery World Awards.

EYTs APPEAL FOR QTS

Students from Worcester have appealed to the new Education Secretary to be granted QTS in the name of equality: Early Years Teachers launch campaign to demand teacher status.

NEW STUDENT REFLECTIONS PAPER AWARD

We are currently putting a proposal together to offer a ‘Best Student Reflections Paper of the Year’ Award from 2017.  So …. early years students everywhere … what are YOU going to write about????

BOOK REVIEWS

Now that book reviews no longer appear in the Journal (yes, you’ll have noticed!) we shall be updating our Book Reviews section of the website regularly.  Keep your eyes open here. The latest is Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia (edited by Cagliari, et al.)

STANDARD FOR TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The standard was published in July and you can access it here.  TACTYC responded to the consultation in developing the Standard.

PISA RANKINGS FOR FIVE-YEAR-OLDS?

In an alarming international development, the OECD is planning to introduce a cross-national assessment of learning outcomes for 5-year-olds. Prof Peter Moss has published a blog summarising the issues, which can be found here

TACTYC/BERA presentation

Jan Georgeson, Jane Payler and Elizabeth Wood presented the BERA/TACTYC Academic Review of Early Childhood Education, a significant task. More information can be found here.

NEW CALL FOR PAPERS for the Journal

Lessons and Legacies of Early Childhood HistoryThis special issue aims to add to the burgeoning literature on ECEC history in recent years to present new work by scholars working in diverse international contexts.  It is planned to include these papers in the March 2018 issue of the journal.

NEW! OCCASIONAL PAPER 8

Reception Baseline Assessment:  Dr. Guy Roberts-Holmes and Dr. Alice Bradbury .  This very topical new Occasional Paper critically analyses the policy context and implementation of Reception Baseline Assessment.

NEWSLETTER 37 is here.

NEW MEMBER PROFILES

Gareth Betts-Davies and Dr. Sharon Curtis are two of our new co-optees on the Executive as you will have read in Newsletter 37. Both of them bring a wealth of background and experience to their roles and we are lucky to have them on the Exec.

NEW REFLECTIONS ARTICLE

We have yet another new reflections article . Thank you to all our contributors.  In the new article, Gareth Betts-Davies reflects specifically on ‘Who owns the ‘rights’ to early development?‘ – if you’re wondering what that’s all about, read it here.

REPORTS

The latest report is that by Dame Reena Keeble on Effective Primary Teaching Practice.


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