E-Newsletter Issue 102
|E-Newsletter Issue 102: Thursday 7th September 2017|
Early Years: Local Authority Review
Towards the end of last academic year I reported that the Local Authority conducted a review of the school's Early Years provision. Although the primary focus was on the Nursery cohort, it was inevitable that the review would also consider the effectiveness of the Reception cohort as part of the collective Early Years provision.
School staff and governors have worked very hard to achieve 3 main goals:
1. That the Nursery aged children should be extremely well prepared for their eventual transition into the Reception cohort.
2. For the current Reception cohort to benefit from the change in structure in Early Years.
3. That the provision should be sustainable, both in terms of staffing and finance.
What we do know is that, last academic year, more Reception children than ever achieved a Good Level of Development in their learning. Achjievment amongst our nursery aged children is similarly very pleasing. This achievement is within an exciting and stimulating environment with a highly skilled and sustainable staff team.
I have included the main findings of the Local Authority report below which provide further strong evidence that the school goals for its Early Years provision have been achieved.
Local Authority Review - main findings
'Children make consistently high rates of progress in relation to their starting points'
Nursery children are 'extremely well prepared for the transition into reception'
'Children are well motivated, very eager to join in and consistently demonstrate the characteristics of effective learning.'
'Assessment is precise' and 'sharply focussed'
The Global Curriculum is 'highly responsive to children's needs and interests'.
The school has 'consistently high expectations.'
EYFS staff provide 'rich, imaginative experiences which engage and motivate children to learn.'
'Children enjoy coming to school and have formed excellent relationships with the staff' and
'it is very clear that they feel safe'.
There is 'strong leadership' and the school are 'committed to providing high quality provision for the children and families in the community'.
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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