Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, there was something called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) profile. It worked like this:
Developed in 2007 and overhauled in 2012 by the DfE, reducing the number of Early Learning Goals from 69 to ‘just’ 17, the EYFS Profile and assessment levels were divided into four age bands, called Development Matters Bands at 16-26 months, 22-36 months, 30-50 months and 40-60 months.
Last week, before its announcement ending the world of the VA school as we know it, the DfE launched another consultation exercise. For any of you looking forward to reading the four associated documents, adding up to over 120 pages, which make up the consultation, I can thoroughly recommend it. The language is clear and the arguments well set out. For others, who want to know more, but do not have the time or strength to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest, here is a very personal view on it.
The case of the Assistant Rabbi’s egg
As I wrote before, the DfE has launched a new consultation, just Stage 1 mind you, into changes they are seeking to the National Funding Formula for schools in England by 2019-20.In a nutshell, the DfE wants to support the idea of extending opportunity for all pupils through a system which is fair (whatever that means), efficient and gets the funding ‘straight to the schools’ as the DfE says and is transparent, simple and predictable so that schools can plan better for the future. Those of us versed in the ways of governments must be thinking ‘what’s the catch’ but in truth, this broad brush consultation contains little which will raise too many eyebrows: perhaps that is why it has been drafted this way. This was, of course, before the announcement of the end of VA schools by forcing ALL schools to become academies by 2022. Although this will take us into the next parliament, I suppose the Conservatives are banking on another five years. We shall see.