We were delighted that our Executive Headteacher, Mrs Lyssy Bolton, was able to attend the launch of Ofsted’s annual report in Westminster this week.

Delivering her first report as Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman spoke on a range of topics, from ‘intractable schools’ to further education and childcare in early years.

Within the subject of early years, Lyssy was particularly struck by the comments that ‘Practitioners need to understand how and where children learn different things… the reception year must be filled with opportunities for play.’ This has always been our philosophy within our early years provision, and it was pleasing to have it reflected in the speech this week. We also agree with the sentiment that ‘the curriculum should be designed to give children the best pathway to the future, not to make schools look good’.

Overall, Lyssy felt Amanda presented with authority; she is cutting through the noise in the system to bring clarity and – most importantly – is advocating for childhood and powerful learning opportunities for all.

You can read the full text of the speech here.