Earlier this year, in response to the publication by OfSTED of 'Bold Beginnings: the Reception curriculum in a sample of good and outstanding primary schools', we put out a call for papers inviting articles which engage with the issues stirred up by OfSTED's report.
OfSTED claimed its text 'shines a spotlight on the Reception Year and the extent to which a school’s curriculum for four- and five-year-olds prepares them for the rest of their education and beyond.' We think it a misguided and damaging report, infused with a view of EYFS as preparation for future learning rather than as also valuable in itself, and oblivious to the idea that to play is to learn. The report advocates increased formal 'direct teaching' of the whole class and of small groups to entrench the ability to read, write and use number. It also endorses testing of various kinds, and systematic synthetic phonics as the required approach to the teaching of reading.
We are repeating our call for papers which contest OfSTED's views and/or which describe, scrutinise or defend exciting, innovatory practice current in the Early Years Foundation Stage and informed by values other than those underpinning OfSTED's report.
There is no set length for a FORUM article. Although many weigh in at about 3000 words, authors are very welcome to write shorter pieces. The journal especially values what is heartfelt, thought-through, and expressed in a clear personal voice. Please include a short Abstract with your article, and a sentence or three of biographical detail. A contact-email address is essential.
If you are interested in writing for FORUM 60/3 and would like to discuss a possible article, please contact us.
The copy-date for articles is Monday 30 July. You are welcome to send your writing sooner.
Thank-you for reading this invitation. We look forward very much to hearing from you.