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Hall, James; Sammons, Pam; Smees, Rebecca; Sylva, Kathy; Evangelou, Maria; Goff, Jenny; Smith, Teresa; Smith, George – Oxford Review of Education, 2019
UK Sure Start Children's Centres (SSCCs) aim to lessen behavioural disorders yet we lack evidence concerning how this is achieved. This study evaluates one possible mechanism: improved home learning environments (HLEs). Data come from a longitudinal study of 2568 families and children recruited at a mean age of 14¬†months from 117 SSCCs in England…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Intervention, Behavior Disorders, Family Environment
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Hall, James; Eisenstadt, Naomi; Sylva, Kathy; Smith, Teresa; Sammons, Pamela; Smith, George; Evangelou, Maria; Goff, Jenny; Tanner, Emily; Agur, Maya; Hussey, David – Oxford Review of Education, 2015
This paper presents a review of the family services that were offered by a sample of 121 English Sure Start Children's Centres in 2011 and 2012. Children's Centres are community based facilities that aim to improve outcomes for at-risk families and children through the delivery of a range of services largely aimed at families with young children.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Delivery Systems, Community Services, Community Centers
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Sylva, Kathy – Oxford Review of Education, 2014
In the first volume of the "Oxford Review of Education" Jerome Bruner (1975) showed how the upbringing of the very young is influenced by poverty, and how different kinds of upbringing shape human development. He called the paper "Poverty and childhood" and baldly stated "With respect to virtually any criterion of equal…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Family Role, Educationally Disadvantaged
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Baker, Will; Sammons, Pam; Siraj-Blatchford, Iram; Sylva, Kathy; Melhuish, Edward C.; Taggart, Brenda – Oxford Review of Education, 2014
Educational and occupational aspirations have become an important reference point in policy debates about educational inequality. Low aspirations are presented as a major barrier to closing educational attainment gaps and increasing levels of social mobility. Our paper contributes to this on-going debate by presenting data on the educational…
Descriptors: Academic Aspiration, Foreign Countries, Occupational Aspiration, Equal Education
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Hall, James; Sylva, Kathy; Melhuish, Edward; Sammons, Pam; Siraj-Blatchford, Iram; Taggart, Brenda – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
The study reported here investigates the role of pre-school education as a protective factor in the development of children who are at risk due to environmental and individual factors. This investigation builds upon earlier research by examining different kinds of "quality" in early education and tests the hypothesis that pre-schools of…
Descriptors: Body Weight, Preschool Education, Young Children, At Risk Persons
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Sylva, Kathy; Pugh, Gillian – Oxford Review of Education, 2005
The goal of this paper is to explore the design and implementation of early years educational policy in England in the period 1997-2004. First to be described are the innovations in policy (i.e. the promise), followed by the 'evidence base' for new policy (i.e. the research), the delivery of new services (i.e. the achievement), and finally the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy
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Halsey, A. H.; Sylva, Kathy – Oxford Review of Education, 1987
Offers an introduction to the theme articles in this special issue on the Plowden Report, a British government report which advocated a child-centered, experiential approach to primary education. (JDH)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Planning, Educational Policy