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Children are happier and more engaged with learning thanks to the Foundation Phase, 13/09/11 [W]

The Foundation Phase is having a positive impact on the wellbeing of children and in the majority of primary schools, five to six year olds are achieving well, according to Estyn, the education and training inspectorate for Wales.

In a report published today, An evaluation of the implementation of the Foundation Phase for five to six years old in primary schools, with special reference to literacy, the inspectorate found that the majority of primary schools in Wales provide a varied, productive and motivating environment for children to thrive and develop their skills in reading and writing. And, generally, children are more engaged and eager to learn, particularly the boys, who are benefiting from more active learning including greater use of the outdoors.

However, in a minority of schools there is a lack of understanding of the principles and practices of the Foundation Phase and in a few schools, staff are not convinced about the educational value of the Foundation Phase. In these schools, children are not offered challenging enough opportunities to develop and practice their reading and writing skills.

Estyn makes a number of recommendations for schools, local authorities and the Welsh Government including publishing guidance on good practice, developing systems for gathering robust qualitative and quantitative evidence to evaluate the impact of the Foundation Phase and ensuring all leaders and practitioners have a solid understanding of the principles of the Foundation Phase.

The report includes a number of best practice case studies such as Coed Eva Primary School, Cwmbran, Ysgol Ffridd Y Llyn, Gwynedd and Ton Pentre Infant School, Rhondda Fawr Valley.

A copy of the full report can be found online here