Evaluation of Early Years Quality Improvement Project

Funded by Black Friars Teaching School Alliance

The Faculty of Education and Children’s Services, University of Chester has been appointed to evaluate the outcomes and perceived impact of the Early Years Quality Improvement Project. This project is funded by the Department for Education (DfE) through the National College of Teaching and Learning. The aim of the project is for Teaching Schools and Early Years providers to work together to deliver quality improvement in Early Years provision. The project is being run through a partnership network including Britannia, Blackfriars, C2C, Hempstalls and Painsley Teaching School Alliances and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Councils. 


As part of the project identified schools and settings will have the opportunity to cultivate practice in Communication and Language, Literacy and Mathematics (DfE, 2014). In addition, settings wishing to offer provision for disadvantaged two year olds, will have the opportunity to develop this particular aspect of practice further, with practitioners from good and outstanding settings. Training will be tailored to the needs of Early Years staff focusing on effective pedagogy.


Staff from the identified schools and settings are encouraged to take up the training sessions offered by the Early Years Quality Improvement Team. After this, the staff are invited to be part of an evaluation of the project. A mixed methods expansion design (Greene et al, 1989; Greene et al, 2001) will be used to capture the breadth and range of the inquiry.


Principal Investigator: 

Frances Atherton



Emma Arya-Manesh