Evaluation of Recruit, Recover and Raise Standards (RRRS) and early years funding. The programme aimed to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on learners by increasing staff capacity in early years and school settings.
- An estimated 2,452 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) staff in schools have been funded by RRRS.
- Decisions around funding allocations have been primarily guided by the needs of learners with the lead element being schools’ own knowledge of their learners.
- Local authority advice and support was more prescriptive to childcare settings than to schools.
- Wellbeing support has been the most effective approach. This focus has been a central element in all areas of learning to increase engagement and enable the development of children in early education.