Department of Early Years and Primary Education
UCL Institute of Education
University College London

Room G2, 15 Woburn Square
London WC1H 0NS

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7612 6219
Fax: +44 (0)20 7580 7568
Email: b.taggart@ioe.ac.uk, i.siraj@ioe.ac.uk, kathy.sylva@education.ox.ac.uk, e.melhuish@bbk.ac.uk, pamela.sammons@education.ox.ac.uk

Effective Pre-School, Primary & Secondary Education (EPPSE)

Welcome to the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education research project

The first major study in the UK to focus specifically on the effectiveness of early years education.

The EPPSE project is a large-scale, longitudinal study of the progress and development of children from pre-school to post-compulsory education. It considers the aspects of pre-school provision which have a positive impact on children's attainment, progress and development.

More than 3,000 children were assessed at the start of pre-school around the age of 3 and their development was monitored until they entered school around the age of 5. They were assessed again at key points until the end of Key Stage 3 in secondary school and are currently being followed through their final year of compulsory schooling and on to their post 16 educational, training and employment choices.

We would like to thank the six participating Local Authorities (LA), the many pre-school centres, primary and secondary schools, the EPPSE children and their families and all the EPPSE staff for the support and co-operation they have provided to the study. Without them all the research would not have been possible.