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Enhancing effective learning journeys for priority children

Date / Time: 23 April 2015, 2-4pm
Venue: St Andrews Centre, St Andrews on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington

The Early Years Research Centre is hosting a 2 hour seminar to explore international and New Zealand research findings on how to support effective learning journeys for priority children in the early years.

The Speakers
Iram Siraj

OBE MA PhD DLetts FRSA FAcSS

Iram Siraj is Professor of Education at University College London, Institute of Education. Her recent research projects have included the major DCSF 17-year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) and of the influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years project (REPEY). She has led longitudinal studies/RCTs as a principal investigator in a number of countries including the UK, Australia and Ireland. She has always been particularly interested in undertaking research which investigates disadvantage and to give children and families from these backgrounds a better start. She is a specialist, early years advisor to governments and ministers in the UK and overseas. Iram was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Years honours list in January 2015 for her services to early education.

Why do some disadvantaged children succeed 'against the odds'? "Effective Transitions in the Learning Life Course of Vulnerable Children aged 3-16: Evidence from Research"

Iram will draw on the findings from the major DCSF 17-year study on Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE 3-16, 1997-2014) to look at why and when certain children manage to succeed 'against the odds' while others do not. The EPPSE study provides information of use to policymakers, practitioners, parenting and home-early years setting relations and may serve to inform policies and practices that aim to increase the chances of children 'at risk' and help in closing the gap between those who are academically and socially advantaged and disadvantaged.


Associate Professor Sally Peters

PhD MEd BEd DipTchg 

Vanessa Paki

MEd Postgraduate Dip Ed BEd Dip Tchg

Learning journeys from ECEC to school for priority children

This presentation shares some of the findings from a three-year Teaching and Learning Research Initiative (TLRI) project that explored ways in which children's learning journeys can be enhanced as they transition from ECEC to school. The focus will be on what the data tells us regarding supporting success for priority learners. The findings have implications for the ways policy and practice work to build and strengthen bridges between the sectors so that children's learning is supported.

Associate Professor Linda Mitchell

PhD MA BA

Lesley Rameka

PhD MEd BEd CertAdultTchg DipTchg(ECE) CertMāoriStudies

Engaging community to support children's early learning 

Linda and Lesley were investigators in the Ministry of Education contracted Continuity of Early Learning data collection study. They bring findings from this study to examine how early childhood services and schools engage parents, whānau and community in children's early learning. A focus is on priority families.

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