January 2017

In this issue

Welcome to the January 17 issue of EYE. Inside you will find a wide variety of articles that mix best practice, research, policy, latest developments, expert opinion and practical applications. This month, we have:

  • Opinion articles from Helen Moylett, regarding school readiness
  • David Wright on how people are influenced by a wide variety of sources;
  • Beatrice Merrick on how we need to educate organisations like the Teaching School Council.
  • Our News Analysis section explores how uncertainty stalks policy, which is why the need to fight top-down pressure is even greater than ever.
  • Our main EYE Focus article is on reflective practice – if there is one term that has become synonymous with professional development, it is reflective practice. But what is it, and how do we create the conditions for it to flourish and become the norm for all practitioners?
  • In the main body of the magazine, Maureen Lee asks whether we have faith in our policies dealing with the ‘family around the child’?
  • Julia Gouldsboro looks at physical activity and the part it plays in school readiness.
  • Stella Ziokowlski explains how Maths Champions are boosting numeracy skills in staff and children.
  • Alex Sabine uses the negative comments of a former Ofsted chief to shine a light on the positive efforts to overcome disadvantage on the Isle of Wight.
  • Chris Dukes and Maggie Smith explain how reception is the perfect year to instill healthy habits for life.
  • Lisa Snell examines ways to reduce the burden of paperwork in the early years.
  • Don Skinner suggests that central to improving education outcomes is more effective conversation and discussion with young children.
  • Our Spotlight focuses on the Derbyshire Pre-School Playgroup Forum.
  • Our practical section is full of interesting and ready-to-go ideas, including communication from three to four-years-old; creativity using powder paints; role-play about ill health and injury; junk modelling in the outdoor areas; physical activities based on Plough Monday; and the first in a three-part series about building block play.
  • Plus, three pages of academic and picture book reviews.
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