A RYEDALE infant school’s practice has been recognised in national guidance

Developing children’s early language and communication skills is crucial with research suggesting that good communication, language and literacy at a young age have the highest correlation with outcomes at school.

With this in mind, staff at Pickering Community Infant and Nursery School have been working together to support each other to share and build upon their great work around language development for the youngest children in school.

Their work has now been recognised in a recent report from the Education Endowment Foundation as a case study for good practice in professional development.

Head Teacher, Sarah Gillam said: “We are proud to have the great work that staff do collaboratively, supporting professional development, recognised and shared as part of the newly released Education Endowment Foundation guidance report.

“We know that having a highly skilled and continually developing staff team is one of the highest impact things we can do to ensure that children who attend Pickering Community Infant and Nursery School continue to achieve well, setting them up for lifelong success.”

Mrs Gillam added: “Our ‘Learning, caring, sharing’ ethos is truly lived out across our school community, not just by the children and families but by the staff team too.”

The school is also looking for a new Parent Governor to join its existing team. Applications for this important role closed last Friday (October 15).

Meanwhile, parents evenings are due to be held the first week after the half term holiday, week beginning November 1.

This year’s appointments will be held face-to-face.

A spokesperson explained: “The school’s parents’ evening online booking system - which can be accessed via the school’s Parent Mail website - will be available during the week commencing October 18.”