Pioneers: Plowden, Rumbold, Ball

Written by: Estelle Martin
30 November 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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