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Children from UK ‘Failed’ In Reception

Report from education regulation service highlights. A third of reception pupil are being “failed” by their experience

Ofsted’s Bold beginnings report found nearly half of disadvantaged children failed to meet expected levels of development at this important stage of their education.


Statement from Ofsted’s early education deputy director.

“For many children, it is their first experience of full-time education.

“So schools need to get Reception right.”


Ofsted recommends that headteachers put reading at the heart of the reception curriculum.


In the best schools, Ofsted stated children: 

Learn to read quickly and easily.

Enjoy listening to stories as the highlight of the day.

Learn poems and rhymes by heart.

Learn about numbers through practical activities and formal, written recording.

Develop their personal, social and emotional skills through play.


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