The Fair Education Alliance (FEA), co-chaired by Achievement for All and KPMG, have launched a new report. With a strong emphasis on early years, FEA stressed that 'continued development of the childcare and early education workforce should be a top priority' as well as warning that underfunding could risk widening the gap.
As a member of the Fair Education Alliance, PACEY was delighted to participate in the research by sharing our early years knowledge and expertise to ensure that the goal for early years graduate leaders is achievable for the sector.
In response to the findings, the coalition of 86 has proposed a number of recommendations. These include:
- School Funding: A commitment from the government that national spending should not decrease in real terms on a per pupil basis.
- Destinations and Careers: - Every primary and secondary school in England should have a designated and trained senior leader responsible for developing and delivering a whole school approach to destinations
- Grammar Schools - The government should continue to resist calls to expand selective education in the future.
- Measurement of Social and Emotional Competencies: A framework of measures should be available to all schools in the UK to support their knowledge of the social and emotional competencies of their students.
- Early Years: The government should commit to ensuring that every group setting serving the 30% most deprived areas in England is led by an early years teacher or equivalent by 2020.
Read the full report here.
PACEY Chief Executive, Liz Bayram commented:
“PACEY is proud of its involvement in the FEA and, as one of its key early years advisors, is delighted to see such a strong focus on investment in the early years workforce in this year’s Report Card.
“We know there is a strong evidence that graduate-led early years settings make a huge difference to children’s early attainment. We need focussed government investment that ensures we stem the decline in the number of early years graduate leaders and encourages more to work in our most deprived areas. This is critical to closing the educational inequalities gap so many children currently experience.”