Parental Request for Exemption to the Early Years Foundation Stage Learning and Development Requirements Refused

We received the following letter today from our child’s school:

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EYFS  Early Learning Goals exemption request for xxx

“We acknowledge the parental right to request an exemption from the Early Learning Goals assessment processes.

This request has been carefully considered by the staff and by the Curriculum and the Staffing Committees of the Governing Body, also taking account of advice from the Local Authority’s Early Years Team.

There has been a unanimous decision to refuse this request as the school feels unable to exempt XXX as it is our view that it would not be possible to make satisfactory accommodation for her educational provision and for that of the rest of the children within the delivery of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to providing all eligible 3, 4 and 5 year olds with high quality care, development and learning. The Council welcomes the statutory EYFS as the means to do this but where it is not possible to use the EYFS, will still seek to support children as this is such an important time for building children’s lifelong skills, knowledge, beliefs and attitudes.

In light of this decision, you have the option to either accept provision within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework at the school, including the Early Learning Goals assessment processes, or alternatively to seek alternative provision for xxx. The Family Information Service (telephone 0800 0852 863) will be happy to advise you about other providers to consider.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Arthur Adams on September 18, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    All well and good, except that you probably won’t be able to find another school within the state system that is prepared to accept an exempt child and is close enough for you.
    When Tony Blair said his government’s priorities would be “Education, Education, Education!”, we all thought he meant more books, equipment and teachers and smaller class sizes. How wrong we were. Instead, we get a large army of civil servants producing reams of rules and regulations about how children should be taught and the things they should be able to do by a certain age and a small army of inspectors making sure that the schools and child care providers follow those rules.
    I suppose we couldn’t really expect anything else from an over ambitious accountant and his probation officer side kick (who has now been replaced by a career politician with a reputation for not listening to objections).


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