Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

The government has announced a one-off £650 million catch-up premium for the 2020-21 academic year to ensure that schools have the support they need to help all pupils make up for lost teaching time. Schools have the flexibility to spend their funding in the best way for their cohort and circumstances, in line with the […]

YR and Y1 picture books

Children may be experiencing worries and anxieties during the return to school phase. We have started a list of picture books to read to children in Reception and Year 1 that introduce these themes. They are wonderful books for any time of the year. We have also begun a list of picture books for children in […]

Fluency from Yellow Storybooks

Updated minimum expectations of progress for Year 2 Once children are reading Grey books, do not accelerate children off the programme (unless fluent). Baseline: Blue Autumn half-term: Blue End of Autumn: Grey Spring half-term: Grey End of Spring term: Comprehension Keeping children on the programme until they have read all the core Grey Storybooks will help them achieve fluency, as […]

Develop children’s language with our one day Nursery training

‘A refresher for me as an EYFS practitioner and good ideas for developing children’s language’ Our trainer Sinead ran a Nursery training at our office in London this week. We asked delegates:  What did you enjoy most about the training?  ‘The strategies to use in class and the pace of the training.’ ‘Sinead was engaging and made me […]