CSF Committee Meeting Next Wednesday, 21st May, at Westminster
As a direct result of the representations made by Open EYE in January to Barry Sheerman MP, the Early Years Foundation Stage will come under scrutiny from the Children, Schools and Families Committee next Wednesday, 21st May. The review, which will be chaired by Mr Sheerman MP, will consider the curriculum, pedagogy and assessment arrangements under the EYFS. It will also look at the statutory nature of the EYFS, whether its birth to five remit is appropriate and the implications for the early years and childcare workforce. Two representatives from Open EYE have been invited to attend together with Sue Palmer, author of Toxic Childhood. The other two members of the Panel will be Early Years Advisers, Bernadette Duffy and Anne Nelson, National Chair and Chief Executive of the British Association for Early Childhood Education.
The meeting is open to the public and will take place in Westminster at Portcullis House on Wednesday, 21st May between 9.30 am and 11.30 am. Letters and written evidence will also be considered. All supporters will be welcome. However, since the object of the meeting is to consider whether there is sufficient concern about the EYFS to justify convening a full blown CSF Select Committee review it is ESSENTIAL that as many of us as possible either write in with our concerns or submit written evidence, however small or paltry they may seem!
The person to send your letter and/or evidence to is Susan Ramsay, Committee Secretary, at our Committee address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for any help you can give us. Please contact any other organisation/people who might be prepared to submit written evidence, and then ask them to send something in. Do refer them to this website for more information.
Petition and EDM
The petition is now approaching 7,000 signatories making it the 2nd largest education and skills petition out of 403. Please sign up if you have not already done so at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/OpenEYE/. Also the EDM is now up to 69 signatories including, Michael Meacher, so we are now attracting some big guns! Please check and see if your MP has signed, and if not, write to ask for their support.
On a related point, BBC’s Panorama this week was entitled Tested to Destruction and examined the effects of the audit culture on today’s schoolchildren. You can see it on iPlayer, here, until next Monday [or here on the Panorama archive for considerably longer – thanks to Derren for pointing this out].