Commenting on the proposed changes to the Early Learning Goals announced today (22 June 2018), Deborah Lawson, General Secretary of Voice: the union for education professionals, said:
"We welcome initiatives that aim to enhance the development and learning of children.
"Voice also welcomes the aim to reduce teacher workload, especially because this enables teachers to spend more time doing what they do best - teach.
"We are also pleased to see that the reforms aim to provide clarity to ensure consistent interpretation of the Early Learning Goals, as this will give greater weight to teachers' professional judgement.
"We look forward to seeing the full details and the results of the trials, and will take part in the consultation.
"Voice will continue to work with the Department for Education (DfE) to ensure that these and other changes are in the best interests of children, their learning and development, and early years professionals, teachers and teaching assistants."
"At a glance: Revised Early Learning Goals that will be trialed in the pilot schools" (Nursery World):
Communication and Language
ELG Gross motor skills
ELG Fine motor skills
Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED)
ELG Managing self
ELG Building relationships
ELG Word reading
ELG Numerical Patterns
Understanding the World
ELG Past and Present
ELG People, Culture and Communities
ELG The Natural World
Expressive Arts and Design
ELG Creating with materials