Effective Leadership in the Early Years Sector: The ELEYS Study

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Institute of Education Press, 2007 - Education - 36 pages
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This publication takes as its background the radical reforms to services for children following the passing, in England, of The Children Act of 2004 and subsequent Government white paper, Every Child Matters: Change for Children. It argues that the fundamental requirements for leadership for learning in the early years should be provided by considering social contexts, adopting a commitment to collective working, and focusing on improving children's learning outcomes. It is based on the analysis of a wide range of literature on leadership in the early years and information taken from effective early years settings.

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The key characteristics of caring and effective settings
Methodology of the ELEYS study
The challenge of developing leadership in early years
Defining leadership for learning in the early years
Effective leadership practices identified in the settings
Summary and conclusions

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About the author (2007)

Iram Siraj-Blatchford is Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She was a director of the EPPE project (funded by DfES) and the Evaluation of the Foundation Phase in Wales (funded by the Welsh Assembly). In all her work she has been concerned to raise the quality of education and care for our youngest children across the UK.

Laura Manni was formerly Research Associate at the Institute of Education.

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