Travel to learn – return to inspire! Guest post by Geraldine Leydon

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized2 Comments

Hello, my name is Geraldine. I am a Primary Partnership Tutor working in primary teacher training. For the most part, during my twenty years working as a teacher and senior manager in primary schools in the North West of England, I felt fulfilled and always eager to be in the early year’s classroom surrounded by the children and their families.  I felt privileged to be part a community and was very aware of the impact I could have on these young lives. Over the years, as I grew in confidence and experience however, I found my values and developing beliefs about effective pedagogy did not align comfortably   with some successive national educational initiatives.  I was frustrated as I passionately wanted … Read More

20 Minutes to Think About Play…

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized21 Comments

Most weeks I do a lot of talking about play, but this week has been particularly play focussed. I have been working on the final edits for my next book 365 Days of Play which is due out next month. This is a really different style of book for me. It is a collection of thoughts, quotes, facts and ideas all about play. It has been a pleasure to research and collate – an altogether more ‘playfu’l experience than the usual writing and editing process that goes into creating a book! On Thursday I had the pleasure of talking to Gill Jones, one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors and Ofsted’s Deputy Director of Early Education, all about the new inspection framework, a … Read More

Continuing an Early Years Approach into Key Stage One

Alistair Bryce-CleggContinuous Provision, Creativity, Environment, Transition, Uncategorized23 Comments

In the first of three blog posts I have asked Joanna from her  setting in Yorkshire to talk us through her school’s Early Years Approach to Key Stage One.  Why she decided to do it, what she actually does and the all important impact on emotional as well as academic attainment. Over to you Joanna… Our journey started five years ago and we haven’t looked back since. Walking around our setting now, it is hard to believe that we ever worked any other way; the formal classroom layout replaced with quiet nooks, busy provision areas and thoughtful provocations. Children are everywhere… on the floor, on cushions, in pairs, in groups or sitting quietly on their own. Our Key Stage One … Read More