Improving communication, language and literacy in the early years

Eileen Allpress, Director of Ipswich Research School, introduces the EEF's Preparing for Literacy guidance report and explains how this evidence is brought to life at Highfield Nursery School and Children’s Centre. […]

Posted on 15 June 2018
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New guidance on preparing for literacy

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) has published its latest guidance report, Preparing for Literacy, which reviews the best available research to offer early years professionals practical “do’s and don’ts” to make sure all children start school with the foundations they need to read and write well. […]

Posted on 15 June 2018
Posted in: Evidence

The importance of trust

It is all about marshmallows. The original ‘marshmallow test’ involved giving children a marshmallow. They could eat that marshmallow, but if they waited for 10 minutes, they would gain two marshmallows. New research has been unable to confirm the predictive powers of the test, but that does not change the potential importance of this study to schools. The thinking behind the experiment is highly relevant to the way schools operate. […]

Posted on 12 June 2018
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Has a solution to retention been found?

Nikki Jones, Director of Shireland Research School, discusses the problem of retaining early career teachers in light of the EEF evaluation of RETAIN: a one-year professional development programme for early career teachers teaching in Key Stage 1. […]

Posted on 8 June 2018
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West Somerset Opportunity Area Newsletter

The West Somerset Opportunity Area Spring 2018 newsletter has just been published, giving updates on the four priority areas set out in the published WSOA Delivery Plan […]

Posted on 23 May 2018
Posted in: News

Why does ethos matter?

Mark Woodlock, Headteacher at The Blue School in Wells, explores the importance of ethos in schools and the extent to which we involve individual members of the teaching profession in helping to support and develop their own expertise.  Teaching can be a lonely occupation; classrooms can become islands in their own right. Do our school systems break down these barriers and allow teachers to share, develop and grow? […]

Posted on 2 May 2018
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