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An evaluation of early level class provision in Argyll and Bute

Grogan, D. and Duncan, P. (2018) An evaluation of early level class provision in Argyll and Bute. [Report]

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This evaluation project was commissioned by Argyll and Bute to inform future Early Level Class delivery as part of the local authority's 1140 hours Early Level Class provision Delivery Plan. Issues in relation to funding and staffing in recent years have affected Early Level Class provision and there is a risk that the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare provision may have an additional impact on Early Level Class provision. The findings from this project will help decide whether to make a more significant commitment to Early Level Class provision through their Early Learning Childcare Delivery Plan. This will provide a formal commitment as well as funding to support Early Level Class provision. The project ran from March 2018 to June 2018 and involved a total of 17 practitioners and head teachers from across six primary schools in Argyll and Bute. Designed and conducted by the University of Strathclyde, the project evaluated the existing Early Level Class provision in these settings. The project sought insight from practitioners and head teachers on the value and challenges of the Early Level model. Informed by project findings and staff perspectives, we describe the benefits of Early Level class provision for staff, children and parents and make recommendations for the future success of Early Level Class provision for Argyll and Bute.