Our Vision

Our aim is to improve children’s outcomes through evidence-informed professional development.

Our Values and what they mean in practice

1. A commitment to evidence-based practice, and a learning and improvement culture

What this means in practice:
Our approach is based on using research-validated observational assessment tools to provide a framework for quality improvement.
Our training and support is informed by research evidence on how both children and adults learn, and how we can best support that learning and development.
We strive to make research accessible and practical to implement, creating a bridge between research and practice.
We support practitioners to be action researchers, using research tools and observation as the basis for evaluation, analysis, improvement and reflection.
That we are ourselves committed to evaluation, reflection and adapting our ideas and practice in the light of new knowledge and evidence.

2. Practitioner ownership and leadership of the quality improvement process

What this means in practice:
The core of our professional development is training for practitioners in the use of research tools to guide self-evaluation, action research and improvement.
We train individuals with responsibility for supporting settings to act as mentors in the quality improvement process. While this often includes training to use research tools for audit, we believe that audits should be conducted to support settings’ self-evaluation and never as an ‘inspection’. Change that is imposed is unlikely to be meaningful change.
We recognise the importance of leadership, and prepare delegates on our training to lead the quality improvement process within their settings, whether as leaders of learning within rooms or as leaders of settings.

3. Partnership working

What this means in practice:
We facilitate rather than ‘deliver’ professional development, based on the respectful sharing of knowledge and expertise.
We work in partnership with those who commission us to co-construct effective quality improvement projects which meet local needs and contexts.
We promote partnership and collaboration between settings, within settings and between local authorities and settings.
We aim to hand to over the baton of improvement, creating sustainable local projects and building capacity among settings and local support teams.
That we ourselves work as a team, with each member of that team being equally valued and respected.

4. Honest communication and acting with integrity

What this means in practice:
We recognise that no one quality improvement tool captures all aspects of quality, and simply using a research-validated tool will not guarantee improvement. We support practitioners to be critical and informed users of research tools, using them reflectively and as part of a rich tapestry of approaches to improvement.
Sharing our ideas and principles in order to disseminate good practice. Like any business, we need to keep some ownership of our materials but we also believe strongly in sharing the principles by which we work and the learning that comes from it.
Making our profit work for our aims. We reinvest our profits to continually improve our professional development and maximise our impact.