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Evidence Summary: Early Years

Education Reform
14 June 2024 Karen Wespieser

Making the early years work for all

Early years education is crucial in a child’s education journey. In 2021, a new framework and the Reception Baseline Assessment were introduced to schools and nurseries. The new assessment was designed to replace the (now optional) KS1 SATs and will be used to measure progress between the start and end of primary school. The pandemic disrupted access to both school and pre-school education. Consequently, concerns have been raised regarding children’s lower exposure to social situations, thereby reducing language acquisition and school readiness.