What Now?

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized16 Comments

Regardless of our individual views on whether schools and settings should be returning in June or not I think it’s safe to say that no one working in Education expected the return to start with Early Years! That said – it looks like we are going to be living with this virus for some time to come so at some point we have to think about how we can best do this. Everyone’s situation is going to be different, both in terms of what your setting looks like and how it is staffed but also the expectations of Leadership teams and possibly parents. It’s definitely going to be tricky and no doubt challenging, in ways we might not even know … Read More

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

Alistair Bryce-CleggUncategorized3 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