Policy on Play in Early Years

Paul Lythgoe made this Freedom of Information request to Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Office for Standards in Education,
I wish to make a FOI request relating to Ofsted policy and attitudes to play as part of the learning process for early years children. Following a recent Ofsted inspection a local primary school has been advised that the use of the word "play" in relation to childrens activities is evidence of a failed educational approach. What Ofsted policy documents makes clear that "play" should no longer be a part of the learning experience in early years.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Lythgoe

Sally Telford, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Mr Lythgoe,

Please find attached our acknowledgement for your request for information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries.

Yours sincerely

Sally Telford
Information Delivery Co-ordinator
Information Management Team Ofsted
Tel: 03000131249
[email address]
www.ofsted.gov.uk
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Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

Dear Mr Lythgoe

 

I refer to your request for information.

 

Please could you clarify if you are seeking information in relation to
Early Years education in a school reception class or if you are looking
for information relating to primary school education as a whole.

 

Also if you could provide us with the name of the primary school in
question it may assist us in looking at the context in which the advice
was given.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Karon

Karon Crew
Information Delivery Officer
Ofsted
Freshford House
Redcliffe Way
Bristol
BS1 6NL

Direct T 0300 013 1294

 

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Dear Karon Crew,
Thank you for your request for clarification. In this instance I am asking the question in the context of an early years programme in the nursery and reception classes within a primary school.
I will not give further details of the Cambridgeshire school in which this advice was given as the bullying of teachers by their line managers, and in turn of heads by the education authorities is endemic, and is driven by fear of being misaligned with the latest Ofsted policy.
Kind regards
Paul Lythgoe

Yours sincerely,

Paul Lythgoe

Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

I am out of the office until 1 October 2014 If you have an information
request please email [Ofsted request email].

Karon Crew, Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills

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Dear Mr Lythgoe

 

Please find attached a response to your request for information.

 

Regards

Karon

Karon Crew
Information Delivery Officer
Ofsted
Freshford House
Redcliffe Way
Bristol
BS1 6NL

Direct T 0300 013 1294

 

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