Evaluating the Foundation Phase

Foundation Phase Practitioner Conference

Posted on 14 June 2016 by WISERD

On Monday, May 23rd, WISERD held a one day practitioner conference to disseminate key findings and recommendations in relation to the three year independent evaluation of the Foundation Phase early years curriculum. The conference brought together practitioners from the length and breadth of Wales, as well as key individuals from the Welsh Government Early Years
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Flexible Pre-School Education Pilots – Separating the Impactful from the Impractical

Posted on 13 October 2015 by Natalie Richards

Children in Wales are required to begin school at age 5. Although parents have no legal obligation to put their children into forms of education before this age, it is widely accepted that pre-school education has a positive impact on children’s cognitive and social development. Pre-school education is therefore universally popular and local authorities in
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WISERD New Starters – Part 1

Posted on 24 February 2015 by Natalie Richards

In the last few of months, we have welcomed several new members of staff to WISERD, to work on a variety of new and existing projects. This week we’ll be focusing on two Cardiff based members of staff – Dr Sioned Pearce and Dr Dan Evans. Here, they tell us a bit about their backgrounds, research interests, and what
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Is Education Wasted on the Young?

Posted on 19 February 2015 by Natalie Richards

The following discussion provided the basis of some opening remarks Professor Chris Taylor was invited to give at the launch of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, led by NIACE Cymru with support from the Welsh Government and Big Lottery Fund Wales, on 10th February 2015, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. This first event involved a panel
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The Foundation Phase Evaluation – an update.

Posted on 2 February 2015 by Natalie Richards

Since the publication in mid-January of the second report on educational outcomes using national administrative data was published, the Foundation Phase has been under considerable media scrutiny. Over the past three years WISERD has undertaken an independent evaluation for the Welsh Government of the Foundation Phase for three to seven year olds in Wales, and
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