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So, the Government is busy recruiting the next HMCI, to replace Sir Michael Wilshaw.

The shortlist has been reported via TES and the education community is in full flow discussing who the Government may choose and why.

One tweet that caught my eye was from the inspiring Sue Cowley, who noted:

“I think it’d be a good idea to have someone with primary experience as the next head of Ofsted. Historically it’s mostly been secondary people.’

I would wholeheartedly agree with Sue. In addition, they should have working knowledge and an understanding of the Early Years.

For far too long we’ve had a top-down approach, which has had a detrimental effect on little people, from inappropriate testing to a lack of understanding of the importance of play within Early Years.

Biology informs us that it all starts from conception.  There’s a reason why babies are not born walking!

A sound understanding of child development and grasp of developmental norms should be front of mind for the next HMCI.

Bottom-up all the way!

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  • Shirley

    Unfortunately Sue would not get the post as using hyphens would not be a first choice for Ofsted (it’d) sorry for being cynical! But agree need early years experts

  • Penny Webb

    I totally agree

    We need someone who not only has primary experience, but who also understands child development AND how each child is unique.

  • Jennifer Ratcliffe

    I wholeheartedly agree with this too! We are constantly relaying the importance of Early Years and the foundations of learning. Who would be better to relay this information other than someone with sound knowledge and experience of the sector? Bottom-up indeed!

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