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Revised Early Learning Goals to be trialled

By Rachel Lawler
Pilot scheme for new ELGs
The government has shared details of its plans to trial revised Early Learning Goals (ELGs) for children in Reception.
The new ELGs will be trialled in a pilot scheme launching in September 2018 and are designed to address the ‘word gap’ while also reducing teacher workloads.
Early Learning Goals
The revised ELGs are available to read here.
The government said that this was “the first step” in a wider consultation process to improve the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile after the Primary Assessment Consultation last September.
Teacher workload
Teachers were said to have given feedback on the pressure to collect “multiple pieces of evidence” to back-up their observations on a child’s progress.
Schools invited to take part in the pilot scheme will be chosen based on their size, Ofsted rating and free school meal eligibility.
Testing proposals
Nadhim Zahawi, children and families minister, said: “We want to improve education for every child and the early years in a child’s life are critical in laying strong foundations for future success. That is why we want to free up more time for Reception teachers to interact with their pupils, and make sure they are developing the rich vocabulary, skills and behaviours they need to thrive at school and in later life.
“The schools taking part in this pilot will help test these proposals, designed to cut down the burden of paperwork that exists with the current system. Teachers have the best understanding of their pupils, so it’s absolutely right that we empower them to use and trust their own professional judgment based on what they see.”
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