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This is the new website for the Early Childhood Forum (ECF), which brings together national organizations and professional associations in the early childhood sector for all young children from birth to seven. ECF exists to promote inclusion, challenge inequalities, debate issues, celebrate differences and develop consensus to champion high quality experiences for young children and their families.

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More Than A Score


The NUT have sent this email to all interested parties:
 NUT morethanascore <morethanascore@nut.org.uk>
Date: 10 April 2018
Subject: Contribute to More Than a Score's campaign to

change primary assessment

Dear Colleague

2018 has seen More Than a Score step up our activities: we have made strong links with parliamentarians, including Shadow Early Years Minister Tracy Brabin, who held a launch for our publication Baseline Assessment: Why It Doesn’t Add Up in the House of Commons; and our message is making it into the media, with the TES, the Independent and Nursery World all giving us coverage.

The climate around primary assessment is changing, with widespread calls for a new assessment system.  In the last weeks, CBI president Paul Drechsler has called on policymakers to “dump the ideology - no more fixation on school structures and exam reform”, and the Liberal Democrats have set out their position: “to end ‘teaching to the test’, by scrapping existing mandatory SATs tests at both KS1 and KS2, and replace the them with a formal, moderated teacher assessment at the end of each phase and

some lighter touch testing.”  This weekend we achieved coverage in the TES of our campaign against baseline, while the Independent covered the template SATs withdrawal letter created by More Than a Score member Let Our Kids Be Kids.

In the coming weeks we will be releasing new films arguing the case against SATs, and sending a copy of Baseline Assessment: Why It Doesn’t Add Up to every primary head teacher in the country.  We’re sure that we can make a significant contribution to changing primary assessment for the better.  But continuing to grow the campaign will require significant resources.

So, as agreed at the More Than a Score meeting in November, we are writing to you as a member of the coalition to ask if you can make a financial contribution.  This is not a condition of membership: we understand that not every organisation will be able to donate. But any contribution of whatever size will help us increase the reach and effectiveness of the campaign.

If you are able to make a contribution you can transfer funds directly to the More Than a Score bank account.  Details are below.

Lloyds Bank

Account name: More Than a Score

Account number: 31607460

Sort code: 309191

Yours sincerely

Ivan Kirby

Policy Officer Primary and Early Years Education

National Education Union – NUT Section

Email: ivan.kirby@neu.org.uk

Tel: 020 7380 4724

Baseline blog

From Dr Pam Jarvis:

Following Damian Hinds’ speech about going ahead with ‘those changes already announced and making their way through the system’ remaining the policy of the DFE, I posted this on my blog, making the point that children are not in statutory education in the first term of reception, and it therefore being parental choice whether or not they take the Baseline test. I thought it keeps up the pressure! You are all very welcome to tweet and facebook:


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