Wherefore Art Thou Wilshaw?

Freeing the Angel

“Let me be clear: what the poorest children need is to be taught,
and well taught, from the age of two.”
Michael Wilshaw

I’m not really sure where to start with Michael Wilshaw’s speech, made as he announced the publication of Ofsted’s Early Years Report for 2015. The report itself makes interesting reading, and the way that Mr Wilshaw chose to speak about it does not necessarily reflect its contents. You might have assumed he would be happy, given that 85% of early years registered providers got a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating from Ofsted. (This despite the fact that our sector is chronically underfunded and is staffed by dedicated practitioners who work for a pittance.) But no, as with the schools sector, the early years sector needed an ear bashing too, although at least we didn’t receive it via the Sunday Times. I’ve been asked by quite a few…

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