Upstart produces a monthly Newsletter for supporters with a blog, news round-up, useful links and other items of interest. It’s usually published around the beginning of the month. The following links take you to previous issues:
December: Why all under-sevens deserve ‘the gift of time’ to develop their full potential
November P.S. Report on P1 tests controversy
November: Singapore opts for Play Not Tests … and researchers ask ‘Are children losing the ability to play?’
October: Scottish parliament votes against P1 tests … Upstart’s assessment of the news
September: Let’s use chalk and talk to promote Play Not Tests 4 P1! Latest news from Upstart
August: JUST DO IT! Opt-out campaign launched today: see our video, postcard and much more.
July: Happy holidays! Summer reading from Upstart about SNSA, self-regulatuion and much more
June: Questions about P1 tests from politicians + the latest news from Upstart
May: Play Not Tests, ACEs, shocking statistics about children’s mental health… and more news from Upstart
April: Launch of PLAY NOT TESTS in P1 campaign … and how you can help
March: Childhood is not a race – the latest news from Upstart Scotland
February: Childhood is not a race – the under-sevens need time to play!
January: GREAT NEWS: Upstart invited to join govt committee. PLUS: Upstart’s invitation to YOU!
November: Welcome Maree Todd, new Minister for Early Years (that’s pre-birth to EIGHT years!)
October: The case for ‘Awesome Childhood Experiences’!
September: Read all about it: More Play, More Support, More Evidence!
August: Building the curriculum or teaching to the tests?
June: AGM – vote Upstart Scotland for strong, stable, independent children!
May: English MPs say tests damage mental health! (+ other Upstart news)
April: Why the under-sevens need play, not tests!
March: Did Scotland have the world’s first kindergarten?
February: International testing plans for 4/5-year-olds … and other EY news
January: 20 things Upstart wants for Scotland’s under-sevens in 2017…
December: Why Scotland’s under-sevens need to be outdoor and active!
November: How we can change outdated attitudes to ‘Early Years’ and early learning?
October: Raising attainment starts with nurture, nature and play for the under-sevens
August: The vital importance of play-based education for the under-sevens
July: Changing the ethos of early education in Scotland – next steps
June: Taking Upstart forward – help us change the ethos of early years education
Launch special: Campaign Launch – one step nearer to play-based kindergarten for Scotland!
May: Upstart launches May 15th: an idea whose time has come
April: Upstart needs YOU to help with the National Launch!
March: Upstart: ready for life (not just school)
February: Upstart is up and running!
January: Let’s make 2016 the year Scotland ‘reclaims childhood’ for the under-sevens
December: Will a four year old near you start school next year?
November: Schoolification isn’t working
October: Big Picture — Small Children (why Upstart is about far more than early years education)
September: Testing times for Scottish children… and other news from Upstart
August: New campaign about care and education of children aged 3 to 7