research round up

Research Round Up – February 2018

We keep our ears to the ground ensuring that all of our work is evidence based and relevant to the needs of children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). Here are some of the key findings and studies published in the new year you don’t want to have missed.

The Ofsted Early Years report Bold Beginnings: Reception Curriculum in a sample of good or outstanding schools came out in December and since then there has been much discussion about its key messages. While it does identify the importance of prioritising a focus on spoken language, it also questions the balance between a play-based approach and more formal teaching of literacy and mathematics. 

Employer engagement in education: Insights from international evidence for effective practice and future research (January 2018).This study, commissioned by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), reviewed current evidence on the most effective ways in which employers can work with schools. It stresses the importance of providing the knowledge and skills demanded by the contemporary labour market, commenting specifically on the importance of skills such as creative problem-solving and team-working. 

The Education Endowment Foundation Early Years database of measures is a useful online resource of measures in literacy, language, numeracy and social/emotional development which can be used with children aged 0-6. 

The accompanying Review of Assessment Measures in the Early Years written by Julie Dockrell and team at the Institute of Education provides a useful background narrative about assessment in each of these areas.