Consultations & Responses

This is where we share with you the consultation responses and other lobbying activities undertaken on your behalf.


Please read TACTYC’s response to Ofsted’s EIF consultation here – this was sent to Ofsted this week by our fabulous President Wendy Scott.  TACTYC also offered further suggestions of contemporary and seminal research here to support policy making in the early years. We will keep you posted on progress! Please do share with your colleagues and discuss. We would also like to invite members to submit their own suggestions ….

Young children as guinea pigs TACTYC STOP PRESS

Read the latest TACTYC paper, entitled ‘Young children as guinea pigs: the Reception Baseline Assessment Framework’.  This paper criticises the government’s planned national pilot of reception class baseline testing, released by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). Education experts from TACTYC state that the STA framework fails to address the substantive problems with baseline assessment that have been repeatedly identified by education experts, teachers and parents. Equally, the new information about the content and administration of the test raises additional concerns.




  • DfE consultation: Literacy and numeracy qualification requirements for level 3 Early Years Educator staff – TACTYC response
  • Dame Reena Keeble’s Effective Primary Teaching Practice ReportTACTYC collaborative open letter response
  • Education Select Committee Primary Assessment InquiryTACTYC response.
  • The Labour Party Children and Education Policy Commission ‘Delivering a step change in early intervention and the early years’ – TACTYC response
  • Inquiry on Foundation years and the UK Government’s life chances strategy – TACTYC/EE Response
  • Education Committee inquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England – TACTYC response

Older responses




  • False judgements and expectations are failing young children (12th November 2013) – TACTYC Press Release
  • Policy advice and future research agendas: Early Years (12th November 2013) – BERA Early Childhood special interest group / TACTYC collaboration
  • Primary assessment and accountability under the new national curriculum (12th September 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • The Regulation of Childcare (12th September 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • TACTYC’S response to the Teachers’ Standards (Early Years) (23rd July 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • Letter to Teach First (5th July 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • More Great Childcare response to BAECE (20th June 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • Letter to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg (10th June 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • Legislating for Less Great Childcare (29th April 2013) – TACTYC press release
  • Consultation on proposed changes to the role of the local authority in early education and childcare (29th April 2013) – TACTYC response
  • National Curriculum response (17th April 2013) – TACTYC response
  • English government’s consultations on Early Years Educator qualifications (17th April 2013) – TACTYC response
  • The Early Years Teachers Standards consultation (17th April 2013) – TACTYC response
  • TACTYC’S Response to Guardian Comment: Ben Goldacre (20th March 2013) – TACTYC response
  • Shaking the foundations of quality? Why ‘childcare’ policy must not lead to poor-quality early education and care (March 2013) – Cathy Nutbrown
  • Consultation on Early Education and Childcare Staff Deployment (March 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • Playtime is over for Britain’s nurseries (January 2013) – Letter to Sunday Times
  • Points made to Education Select Committee (January 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • The Truss Report: More Great Childcare (January 2013) – TACTYC Response
  • Extending Free Early Education to More Two-year-olds (November 2013) – Consultation Response


Pre-2011 responses

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Published: January 9, 2019 | Print

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