Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

A Week In

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More research is needed on how the £2.7 billion spent on early-years education is affecting school standards, the public spending watchdog has said. The report from the National Audit Office, Entitlement to free early education and childcare, said there had been a rise in the number of children assessed by teachers as having reached a good level of development at the end of reception, but a large gap remained between the proportion of disadvantaged children reaching this level compared with their peers. There was also no way of assessing whether different early-years providers had different impacts on children.

Primary children can paint, draw or make something for a new international art competition - judged by a selection of their peers. Entries for the competition, run by the AccessArt charity with support from Cass Art, must be on the theme "My World". There are two age groups - ages 5-7 and 8-11 - and five categories for each age group: painting, drawing, printmaking, collage and making, plus an additional category for best teacher or school. …

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