Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods
Sefydliad Ymchwil Gymdeithasol ac Economaidd, Data a Dulliau Cymru

Reports and Publications

The national element of the project is now beginning to draw to a close, with the Welsh Government and Local Authority stakeholder interviews almost complete, and the Headteacher and pre-school Leaders surveys well underway. When published, these data will provide an overall picture of how the Foundation Phase has been received and implemented across Wales.

A forthcoming report will compare initial Foundation Phase outcomes with the old Key Stage 1, and also contrast the Key Stage 2 results from children who did and didn’t attend pilot Foundation Phase schools.

In addition to the above, a ‘Programme Theory’ report will soon be published, providing the first documentary analysis of official Foundation Phase material . In doing so, the report will present an initial Logic Model linking the underpinning Foundation Phase rationale/approach with the suggested pedagogy, statutory curriculum and intended outcomes.

The next phase of the project will focus on 50 randomly selected case studies (40 schools and 10 funded non-maintained settings), and this is due to start September 2012. Each case study will involve interviews with key staff, as well as classroom observations, direct work with children and a parent/carer survey.

Welsh Government Reports

The following reports have been produced as part of the research project. These are available to download from the Welsh Government webpage.

Davies, R., Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Rhys, M., Waldron, S., and Blackaby, D. (2013) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: The Outcomes of Foundation Phase Pupils (Report 1), Social Research No. 43/2013, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Maynard, T., Taylor, C., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Smith, R., Power, S. and Clement, J. (2013) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Policy Logic Model and Programme Theory, Social Research No. 37/2012, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Rhys, M., Waldron, S. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on Welsh language, Social Research Summary 76/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Rhys, M., Waldron, S. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on training, support and guidance, Social Research Summary 54/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Rhys, M., Waldron, S. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on the environment (indoors and outdoors), Social Research Summary 53/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Davies, R., Waldron, S. Rhys, M., Power, S., Moore, L., Blackaby, D. and Plewis, I. (2013) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Annual Report 2011/12, Social Research No. 43/2012, Cardiff: Welsh Government

Taylor, C., Maynard, T., Davies, R., Waldron, S., Rhys, M., Power, S., Moore, L., Blackaby, D. and Plewis, I. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: update and technical report 2012/13, Social Research 16/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Taylor, C., Waldron, S. and Rhys, M. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on management and leadership, Social Research Summary 75/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Taylor, C., Waldron, S. and Rhys, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on staffing, Social Research Summary 95/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Taylor, C., Davies, R., Rhys, M. and Waldron, S. (2015) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: The Outcomes of Foundation Phase Pupils up to 2011/12 (Report 2), Social Research No. 01/2015, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waldron, S., Rhys, M. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on children and families, Social Research Summary 94/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waldron, S., Rhys, M. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on transitions and assessment, Social Research Summary 74/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waldron, S., Rhys, M. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on child involvement and wellbeing, Social Research Summary 44/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waldron, S., Rhys, M. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on pedagogy and understanding, Social Research Summary 43/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.

Waldron, S., Rhys, M. and Taylor, C. (2014) Evaluating the Foundation Phase: Key findings on reported impacts, Social Research Summary 42/2014, Cardiff: Welsh Government.


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