Research and analysis

Reception curriculum in good and outstanding primary schools: bold beginnings

This report looks at the Reception curriculum in successful schools and how well it prepared 4 and 5 year olds for the rest of their education and beyond.



In January 2017, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman commissioned an Ofsted-wide review of the curriculum. Its aim was to provide fresh insight into leaders’ curriculum intentions, how these are implemented and the impact on outcomes for pupils.

During the summer term 2017, inspectors visited successful primary schools in which children achieved well. This report examines the provision in their Reception Year and how well it was preparing 4 and 5 year olds for their years of schooling and life ahead.