Pioneers: Plowden, Rumbold, Ball

Written by: Estelle Martin
Thursday, November 30, 2017

We look at how the reports authored and championed by Sir Christopher Ball, Lady Bridget Plowden and Dame Angela Rumbold influenced education policy.

Key points

  • Lady Plowden, Dame Angela Rumbold and Sir Christopher Ball were authors of three of the most influential modern assessments of early education
  • Their work continues to be a source of inspiration, review and critique of the early learning culture and effective practice
  • Practitioners should familiarise themselves with the contents of the reports: Start Right: The Importance of Early Learning; Children and their Primary Schools; Starting With Quality: The Rumbold Report of the committee of inquiry into the quality of the educational experiences offered to 3-and 4-year olds

Note: This article was first published in the February 2008 issue of eye

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