STEP has been involved in an exciting ‘school readiness’ project funded through LEEP at Leicestershire County Council. The project has been a great platform for bringing together early years professionals to explore what ‘school readiness’ means and develop a shared understanding of how we can support children with the transition from preschool to school.
There have been some great outcomes as a result of the project including:

• An inspirational project launch with Shonette Bason busting some ‘disco dough’ moves.
• Preschools and nurseries have been able to access free phonics training.
• A handy guide on ‘getting ready for starting school’ which will be given out to all parents/carers to help them prepare for starting school in the autumn.
• Foundation stage drop-in sessions for preschool/nursery staff to see the classroom in action.


How is Maths taught in Finland? What might assist us in moving maths forward in Leicestershire?

In October 2014 colleagues from the STEP and Affinity Teaching School Alliances took part in a mathematics research trip to Finland with SSAT. The aim of the visit was to gain a better understanding of how mathematics is taught in Finland and to see whether any of these methods could support learning in our schools. The trip was also a great opportunity to observe the differences between the Finnish and UK educational systems.

Please click on the link below to access the SSAT Winter Journal 2014-15 to read the report compiled by Bill Griffiths, Headteacher at Eastfield Primary School with input from all colleagues involved in the trip.

SSAT Journal Winter 2014-15 Web