Dr Samuel Waldron
Principal Investigator - Dr Chris Taylor
The Foundation Phase (FP) is an early intervention approach to learning for all children aged three to seven years in Wales. It is based on principles of experiential learning – or ‘learning through doing’ - and marks a radical departure from more assessment-based competency approaches.
The three-year research project (August 2011 to August 2014) will include analysis of educational data and interviews with teachers, parents, local authorities, head-teachers, and the school children themselves. It will evaluate the implementation of the policy and what impact it has had to date. In doing so it will provide advice and guidance to practitioners and stakeholders on its continued development. The research will also assess the value for money of the FP and design a framework to track its outputs and outcomes in the future.
The project brings together a high profile team with considerable experience of research in the areas of early childhood education, policy implementation, school effectiveness and economic analysis. Members of the team have extensive experience of working with Welsh local authorities and schools.