Early Years Scotland has produced a short film
about their event in September when Dr Elizabeth Henderson put the case for Upstart. They've also released a report
, with many sensible recommendations about improving transition from nursery to school. However, these recommendations have been made repeatedly through the years, with little effect. This is why Upstart believes it's time for radical action: we need a dedicated kindergarten stage 3-7!
Kate Johnston led a workshop on Upstart at the Children in Scotland annual conference in Cumbernauld.
Sue Palmer spoke about Upstart at the Growing Up Wild conference in Hamilton. The conference was covered on BBC News
and organiser Susan McNeish also wrote us a post
about the event.
Upstart hosted a stimulating ScotEdChat conversation
Sue Palmer presented the Upstart case at a Holyrood Conference on 'Tackling Child Poverty' in Edinburgh.
Sue and Kate found the second Common Weal Policy Lab meeting on 'education' disappointing. Discussion centred on secondary students' views about school/discipline and a Scottish government research review of educational initiatives to close the attainment gap, all of which are regularly discussed but fail to address the underlying problems caused by a too-early focus on academic outcomes. We hope to present the Upstart case at the third Policy Lab on 11th January.
6 Hilary Long gave a presentation about Upstart at the South Ayrshire branch of Common Weal, in Ayr.
Questions to John Swinney at a Ministerial Engagement Session in Edinburgh included references to lack of knowledge about child development among the teaching profession; the difficulties parents encounter with deferment; the current crisis in child and adolescent mental health. Upstart was mentioned several times in the ensuing discussion.
An article about Upstart
appeared in Product Magazine.
We've now completed our responses to consultations on educational governance
and expansion of early childcare
. Both will be displayed in the News section of the website until the consultations close early in the New Year. If you have any comments/additions please contact us via email@example.com
before 31st December. We also hope many Upstart supporters will send in their own responses.