Research & Development

Early Foundations Teaching School Alliance is developing a strategy around research and development to ensure that it is an integral part of the succession planning/leadership development that enables classroom practitioners through to senior leadership to hone and develop their talents. The strategy will focus on the understanding of how this area can support pupil achievement, teaching and learning.

The aim of the R&D activity that the network members will undertake is improving children and young people’s experiences and outcomes. This is central to the children/ young people’s life chances and enabling children/ young people to become economically active and therefore contribute to the economic well-being of society.

Purpose of the research development is:

  • Enhance the capacity and skills of groups of schools and settings to engage in research and development that leads to improvements in pupils’ experiences and outcomes
  • Identify common pedagogic, professional development and / or leadership and management issues that can be effectively addressed by collaborative R&D as appropriate
  • Provide an infrastructure for ongoing communication and knowledge exchange activity
  • Provide an infrastructure for collaborating in response to future research and development funding opportunities that require HEI and school partnerships

Project One

The Alliance worked in partnership with Institute of Education six local schools and settings conducting research focusing on early writing skills and physical development. The IoE  provided the framework and support to the alliance partners.

Project Three

The Alliance is currently working in partnership with Institute of Education and local schools and settings conducting research focusing on early maths ability. The IoE will provide the framework and support to the alliance partners.
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Further details of the project are to follow. We welcome partners from all sectors to join in our research projects. If you are interested in carrying out your own research and need support from us, we will be more than happy to engage with you.

Resources

Action Research into Children’s Mark Making/ Writing Outside 2012

Objective
To find out if and how children are writing and mark making outside.

Programme details
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Cecil Road Nursery Action Research

Objective
The focused area of learning and development from the EYFS was physical development. The specific aspect was moving and handling.

Programme details
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Action Research by Northfleet Nursery School

Objective
Supported by Amanda Ince from the Institute of Education. With three twilight sessions

Programme details
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"Emphasis on physical aspects reinforced to all staff."

− Writing in Early Years

"Ideas to increase interest in writing and building up fine motor skills and co-ordination."

− Writing in Early Years

"A better understanding of standards and skills that will be beneficial to my daily work."

− Maximising the Impact of Your Role as a Teaching Assistant

"To get children engaged and involved irrespective of their ethnic background and ability."

− Helicopter Stories

"Allow children to use their imagination."

− Helicopter Stories

"To get children to be more confident and join in with other children. I will be starting this with my group as soon as possible and we will do it once a week."

− Helicopter Stories

"How to use maths daily in all aspects of the day."

− Let’s Count

"Use ideas to inspire children to get excited about maths."

− Let’s Count

"Using maths everywhere, in everything they do."

− Let’s Count