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ICKLE+ - Shared Reading Guidance - Leeds for Learning - 10/01/23


  We've partnered with Leeds Libraries and Leeds City Council to promote a new guide for parents and carers on how to best support young children through shared reading. This leaflet can be downloaded from the ICKLE website here, and provides top tips on book sharing and outlines some of the reasons why shared reading...

Reception Reading Stars - Mini-festival - 25/10/22


Families in Leeds enjoyed a 'booktastic' October half-term mini-festival held by Reception Reading Stars at the Leeds Central Library. Families got the chance to meet some of the award-winning authors who inspired the Reception Reading Stars reading list whilst enjoying a variety of hands-on activities. The mini-festival was in celebration of the Reception Reading Stars...

Leeds Live online report - 17/02/2022


Two-thirds of Leeds six-year-olds struggling in school because of Covid lockdown disruption Leeds Live, 17/02/2022

Yorkshire Evening Post Article - 04/08/2021


Today's Yorkshire Post features findings from the first round of data analysis from the ICKLE project. This comes as a major report from the Institute for Government - ‘Schools and coronavirus: The Government’s handling of education during the pandemic’ - describes the period since March 2020 as “easily the most disruptive period in children’s education...

Leeds Social Sciences Institute spotlights ICKLE project interim findings - 29/07/2021


Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI), at the University of Leeds, has published a blog about the findings from the first round of data collection and analysis in the ICKLE project. It points to the three interim reports published on this website earlier in July. The LSSI is committed to fostering collaborations that can produce research with...

Three interim reports published - 15/07/2021


This week, we release our first major output from the ICKLE project: a series of three interim reports analysing the impact of the lockdowns on progress towards Early Years Foundation Stage goals by children in reception and year 1.  The illustrated reports present insights into schools’ learning provision, caregiver experiences of home learning, and children’s progress...

ICKLE project data adds to House of Commons Public Accounts Committee report on support for children’s education during COVID-19 - 02/06/2021


Introduction In March 2021, the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard evidence from a number of sources about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children’s education, and about the response from the Department for Education, schools and other agencies. The ICKLE team made a contribution to the Committee’s inquiry, focusing on analysis...