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40th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

AGM 2018

 ……   THERE ARE STILL SPACES – BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!  Deadline 30th September.

Dates – Friday, 2nd and Saturday 3rd November 2018:  Venue – University of Derby.  Draft timetable is also available.
If you would like to present a Research briefing, Discussion forum or Poster, please download the appropriate forms here and here by clicking on the title. (If you present, you may, of course, get funding from your institution!)

TACTYC STUDENT REFLECTIONS AWARD

We are delighted to announce the winner of this year’s Student Reflections Award is Megan Taddeo, a post-graduate student of the University of Winchester with a paper entitled ‘Listening to children creates Better Beginnings‘. Runner-up was Rachel Hingston from the University of Plymouth with ‘Two birds with one stone: How putting the value back into mealtimes can improve children’s communication and long-term health’. Look out for Megan and Rachel’s papers appearing here soon.

BOOK REVIEWS

We have a new book review about outdoor play with under 3’s – read it here. And a new Reflections paper about ‘In the Moment Planning’.

MEETING WITH THE DFE ABOUT THE REVISION OF THE ELGs IN THE EYFS

The notes available here describe some of the main discussion points between colleagues from TACTYC and the DfE at a meeting held on  13th July 2018 in response to the current draft ELGs being piloted over the next academic year.

INVITATION TO TENDER FOR TACTYC RESEARCH PROJECT (2018)

Evidencing the effects of maintained nursery schools’ roles in Early Years sector improvements.

Budget £12,000 inclusive of VAT. Deadline for applications 19 September 2018

Please read the specification document for details of how to apply which can be found here.

STOP PRESS!

Please read this recently published article ‘The views of teachers, parents and children on the Phonics Screening Check: the continuing domination of politics over evidence’ by Margaret M Clark OBE

Also see Education Journal (10 July 2018)  ‘Evidence based policy?’

BERA has just released its Report on Baseline Assessment, which is very well formulated – read it here.

Early Education has made a strong comment on the revised EYFS and ELGs – read it here.

MEMBERS:  DO READ OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER HERE ONLINE

CONSULTATIONS

TACTYC has responded to the Labour Party’s consultant on education – here it is.

TACTYC has also recently made a submission to the Education Committee Life Chances inquiry – find it here.

TWO NEW REFLECTIONS PAPERS …

The latest two Reflections papers are related and recount how one school trust has successfully established a child-led, play-based curriculm in Reception classes, continuing these principles into Year 1 to ensure a seamless transition for children. Read more about these initiatives here.

TACTYC BOOK SERIES

TACTYC recently launched its own series of books with the aim of translating research into practice in an easily accessible style. The first of these, Exploring the Contexts for Early Learning: Challenging the School Readiness Agenda is reviewed here.

Look out for others in the series Building Knowledge in Early Childhood Education: Young Children are Researchers by Jane Murray; Early Childhood Education and Care for Sustainability by Valerie Huggins and David Evans and Places for Two-year-olds in the Early Years: Supporting Learning and Development, by Jan Georgeson and Verity Campbell-Barr.

BOLD BEGINNINGS – TACTYC’s RESPONSE 

TACTYC Exec and members are outraged at the recent OfSTED Report ‘Bold Beginnings’. We feel that it will cause long-term, detrimental effects on young children’s confidence, motivation and disposition to learn, as well as on their parents’ attitudes and early years teachers’ professional integrity.  Read our response here. And do let us have your views on the issues raised in the Report.  Already our evidence has been used – see here (around 11.23 mins).

Early Education has joined the debate and published a short article –  What’s wrong with Bold Beginnings? A summary for school leaders – offering advice for ways forward for practitioners and heads.

Nancy Stewart (our Vice Chair) and others met with OfSTED inspectors, the agreed outcome document being found here.

Di Chilvers from Watch Me Grow has written a challenging piece responding to ‘Bold Beginnings’ which she has allowed us to use in our Reflections pages.

Professor Colin Richards (a previous President of TACTYC and ex-HMI) has also followed up his previous open letter with this one, well worth a read.

NEW MEMBER PROFILE

Read here all about Viki Veale – a very enthusiastic member of TACTYC, who responded to our appeal at the Conference for more Member Profiles.  Do remember to send yours to Janet.

OCCASIONAL PAPER 10 now online

Julian Grenier has written an excellent new paper which you’ll find here entitled: ‘Collaborative quality improvement’ – a way forward for England’s maintained nursery schools? in which explores one possible future for nursery schools: as the leaders of quality improvement for the whole of the early years sector in England.

EARLY YEARS JOURNAL

We have a new call for papersEarly Childhood Policies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (Special Issue).  Global attention to the early years has reached unprecedented heights.  As countries scale up early childhood services, what are evidence-based policy strategies to meet the needs of the workforce? To what extent do early childhood policies address or reinforce inequities within and between countries? How are debates around measurement influencing policy efforts to make and monitor progress toward national and international goals? We are interested in papers that go beyond descriptions to include critical analyses of the challenges of formulating and/or implementing policies for young children and their families in low-resource contexts of the global south.

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