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NAHT contributes to early years and life chances inquiry

NAHT has submitted evidence to the government’s cross department inquiry into early years education. The Education and the Work and Pensions Select Committees are investigating the relationships between early years interventions, the welfare system and public services to inform the government’s life chances strategy. In particular, the committee asked for views on:

  • ·The relationship between early years education and the life chances strategy
  • ·Cross-departmental co-ordination on early years interventions and interaction with the benefits system and public services.
We brought together members with expertise in early years education in both local authority maintained and private, voluntary and independent (PVI) sector schools to debate the issues and inform our evidence to the inquiry. Judy Shaw, NAHT’s first National Executive Early Years Sector representative, chaired the group.

Our submission stressed the importance of qualified staff in early years settings and of teacher-led learning. We emphasised the need for the pupil premium to be increased from £300 per child so that it is more in line with other phases of education. We also drew attention to the demise of children’s centres which disproportionately affects children from disadvantaged backgrounds; and to the growing numbers of children who start foundation years education with severe language, literacy and speech difficulties.

Our evidence has been published online and you can read it in full here.

Page Published: 13/04/2016