by an anonymous Upstart supporter and Educator in Childhood Practice In business, the ‘Unattainable Triangle’ refers to the impossible task of providing customers with a
Scotland’s children are Scotland’s future. To realise their full potential, they need the very best start to their education. The western countries with the best records in education don't start formal schooling till children are seven. Instead they have a kindergarten stage based on well-established principles of child development.
Current Scottish policy supports a developmental approach, but the structure of our schooling system makes it difficult to deliver. A statutory kindergarten stage ensures that the ethos of education for the under-sevens is different from that of formal schooling.
In today's fast-moving, high-pressure world, children need more opportunities to learn through play (especially outdoors), to develop their spoken language and social skills, and to build sound foundations for academic achievement. Please read Why Upstart? and watch our short film to find out more about our aims. To keep up-to-date with the campaign, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, or register for the monthly newsletter on the right sidebar form.
Recent blog posts
by Hilary Long (first published on CommonSpace.scot) THIS week small children aged four and five enter the door of the “big school”. It’s a day
David Whitebread, University of Cambridge Mine Conkbayir, Birmingham City University The inclusion of a new section on self-regulation within England’s proposed new Early Learning Goals
Way back in July 2015, before plans for national standardised assessment were announced, two representatives of Upstart Scotland met with the Cabinet Secretary for