Good Level of Development – A National Picture.

Alistair Bryce-CleggABC Does A Blog, Child Initiated Learning, Conferences, Continuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, mathematics, Ofsted, Outdoors, Phonics, Planning and Assessment, Reading, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

This week I launched a project that I am doing in the North West of England in conjunction with our Ofsted Big Conversation steering committee. The idea for the project came about after Ofsted released their findings in relation to the number of children who achieve a Good Level of Development (GLD) at the end of the Reception year. This is their Good Level of Development by Local Authority map for 2017/18. You can find it here The North West region, where I live and worked for my entire teaching career, has a high number of Local Authorities where the attainment of GLD is in the lowest National band. The idea of the project is to provide some really cost … Read More

What Comes Before Phonics? By Dr Sally Neaum

Alistair Bryce-CleggGiveaway, Phonics159 Comments

I enjoyed Sally’s book What Comes Before Phonics? so much when I read it that I asked her to write me a guest blog post. It makes a great deal of sense and has a REALLY important message for the teaching of phonics. She has also offered to giveaway some copies – more info on that at the end of the post. We all share the aim of enabling children to become literate with ease and success, and the importance of phonics as one aspect of this process is well established. However, there remains significant disquiet about what this means for early years, in particular, how the strong focus on phonics has led to increased schoolification of both content and pedagogy … Read More

A Mini Me and A ‘Stand Me Ups’ – Giveaway

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Outdoors, Phonics, Talk, Uncategorized123 Comments

I am sure that most of you have discovered the joy of a mini me. They are really simple to produce and an excellent addition to any setting. They are great for all sorts of different uses, provocations and enhancements. Hamstel Infant School The idea of a Mini-Me is that you create your class or group in miniature. The children can then use these miniatures in their play. There is nothing more powerful for your self esteem than having a little ‘you’ that you can take around with you or create fabulous fantasy small worlds to play in. Hamstel Infant School Mini-Me’s can be really effective in helping children to develop language and communication skills as well as personal social … Read More

Tales Toolkit – A resource worth having!

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Mark Making, Phonics, Reading, Talk, Writing16 Comments

Good morning! Hope you had a good week. I took ‘Excellence in Early Years’ up to Scotland for my first official ABC Does conference North of the boarder in Glasgow. I had such a great day with a great bunch of people. I even got my own tin of Hawick mint balls to compare with the tin of Uncle Joe’s that I got when I went to Wigan. I will let you know which one I prefer! I will definitely be back to Scotland! Off to Belfast next week – I will see you there if you are coming… When I first came across Tales Toolkit, I loved the simplicity of it. I have featured on my blog a couple of times and … Read More