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Estyn report: Foundation Phase bridging gap between boys and girls

The Foundation Phase is helping bridge the gap between boys and girls attainment levels in school according to a report out today.

Schools watchdog Estyn said that in the majority of schools the Foundation Phase was being implemented well with boys benefiting from a more active approach to learning. Boys have often lagged behind girls in education attainment.

Evaluating the scheme the school’s inspectorate said:

“In most cases, children’s enjoyment, wellbeing, behaviour, knowledge and understanding of the world, and their physical development improve as a result of using the outdoors”.

But Estyn said that teachers need to find better waysutilise outdoor teaching methods to help improve children’s literacy, ICT skills and cultural awareness.

The watchdog has now called for schools to find more opportunities for group reading and writing exercises.

Read Estyn’s reports in full reports below:

Outdoor learning: an evaluation of learning in the outdoors for children under five in the Foundation Phase – September 2011

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Literacy and the Foundation Phase An evaluation of the implementation of the Foundation Phase for five to six-year-olds in primary schools, with special reference to literacy: 

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