Achievement for All’s Early Years project- Tracking for Success has now come to an end!

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Summary of findings:

The project

The project was funded by the Esmee Fairbairn foundation and six local authorities. It was delivered between 2017 and 2020 in 52 early years settings in England. Achievement coaches offered coaching and bespoke CPD opportunities to improve outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children with a view to closing the attainment gap at the end of the Reception Year.

In each setting, a cohort of children due to enter Key Stage 1 in September 2019 was identified, and the attainment and progress of all children was tracked between age 2 and the end of Early Years Foundation Stage. On average at participating settings, 50% of children were deemed to be disadvantaged and were eligible for 2-year-old funded childcare.

The outcomes

  • Tracking for Success has had a positive impact on participating early years settings against the key outcomes:
  • Closing the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers by the time they reach Key Stage 1.
  • Increasing parental involvement in their children’s learning.
  • Improving the quality of early years provision available to disadvantaged children.

Tracking for Success made good progress towards its intended outcomes and there is evidence that the project has helped to narrow the attainment gap between disadvantaged children and their peers. In addition, the adoption of the Taking Time for Talk approach within all settings is a key outcome of the project and practitioners reported that this positively impacted parental engagement.

“It is clear that the professional expertise and support provided by coaches, combined with the use of high-quality resources from the Bubble online platform, has led to improvements in the quality of early years provision across the settings.”

Feedback from Settings:

“So often people come in to support but they have no idea, because early years is so different to the rest of school. It was refreshing to have support from an early years expert.”

“In schools you never have any spare time. The conversations with the coach gave me time to sit back and reflect, and to celebrate our successes.”

“The whole team changed their way of engaging with parents and they’ve worked to embed this practice, so it will have a positive impact for future children.”

To find out more about our early years work and how we can support you please contact: Maureen.Hunt@afaeducation.org