The Wales Centre for Equity in Education launch a valuable new resource for Early Years Practitioners and Leaders.

17.09.2015

Our latest publication Making Effective use of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant: A Resource for Leaders and Practitioners’ will be officially launched this afternoon at Blaenymaes Primary School, Swansea.

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The report’s main authors are: Dr Sarah Chicken, University of West of England; Professor David Egan, Wales Centre for Equity in Education and Dr Jane Waters, Faculty of Education and Communities, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  Many Early Years specialists including Academics and Practitioners have also contributed to the report and will be attending the event and participating in the discussions.

There will be an opportunity at the event to hear an overview of the publication from the report authors Professor David Egan, Wales Centre for Equity in Education and Dr Jane Waters, Faculty of Education and Communities, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; asking the question: What really works for the early years?

Dr Jane Waters, one of the main authors, said:

“As stated in the Welsh Government (2013) Tackling Poverty Action Plan: ‘Education has a fundamental role in helping to lift people out of poverty and in protecting those at risk of poverty and disadvantage’. This publication provides advice, guidance and exemplification to Early Years professionals and leaders responsible for the effective deployment of the Early Years Pupil Deprivation Grant (EYPDG).

“Extending what is currently available, this document provides an accessible, yet thorough, evidence-informed rationale for a variety of interventions. The provision of a full bibliography allows further engagement with research literature as required; this is a valuable publication in the drive for EYPDG-funded initiatives with the potential for significant impact,” 

School leaders speaking at the launch event will offer discussions and guidance on how to best utilise and apply the resource alongside examples of effective practice and case studies and include Bev Phillips, head teacher at Blaenymaes Primary School, Lindsay Watkins, head teacher at Millbrook Primary School and Joe Cudd, head teacher at Maes Y Morfa Primary School.

The Wales Centre for Equity in Education is a national policy and applied research centre dedicated to improving educational equity in Wales; which is a joint initiative between the University of Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

For further information on both the publication and the seminar, please visit www.uwtsd.ac.uk/wcee 

To download the resource or to read the publication in full, please click here.