To achieve this question, you will need to provide answers to the following questions
a) Summarise the entitlement and provision for early years education.
b) Explain the characteristics of the different types of schools in relation to educational stage(s) and school governance.
c) Explain the post-16 options for young people and adults.
a) Every child aged between 3 and 4 is entitled to free education in accordance with Every Child Matters and the Childcare Act 2006. The government funds upto 15 hours a week for these 2 years before children enter full time education. This is funded to ensure that every child is given the same opportunities regardless of background. During these two years children are taught using the Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines.
The EYFS was designed to allow children to learn through play and allow independence from other adults and children. children also get to choose what they want to do from a wide variety of activities that are provided.
In Wales it is called the Early Years Foundation Phase and incorporates the National Curriculum and Early Years teaching. It is taught to children aged 3 - 7.
In Scotland the curriculum is based on Curriculum for Excellence and is aimed at 3 - 18 year olds. They deliver the Early Years education with early primary and if they feel that a child is not ready to move up to Primary 1 they will stop in Early Years until the school feels they are ready.
In Northern Ireland Foundation stage is year 1 & 2, key stage 1 is year 3 & 4 and key stage 2 is year 5, 6 and 7. as Scotland the children only move onto the next phase if they are ready to learn in a more formal way.
b) There are 4 types of mainstream schools that are funded by the government. All these follow the National Curriculum
1 - Voluntary - Voluntary-aided schools are usually religious or faith schools and are run by a governing body. The governing body and the Local Education Authority work together to...