Department of Education

Kathy Sylva

Honorary Research Fellow, Professor of Educational Psychology

College Affiliation: Jesus College

Kathy has carried out many research studies on preschool development and education, and has particular expertise in the effects of early education and care (including parenting) on children’s development.

After completing BA, MA and PhD at Harvard, she moved to England where she began studies of the contribution of guided play to children’s learning. She is well-known for longitudinal studies and for robust trials of interventions in both the UK and low income countries.

Her current research, funded by the Sutton Trust, focuses on ways that early childhood settings develop self-regulation in children. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to children and families and the British Education Association’s Nisbett Award for outstanding contribution to educational research in 2014. Kathy is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Funded Research Projects:

  • Evaluation of the Early Years Professional Development Programme

  • Nov 2019 - March 2022

    Funder: Department for Education

  • Fulfilling Lives: A better start

    2014-2019

    Funder: The Big Lottery

  • Early years Blueprints. Save the Children

  • 2018

    Hobbs, T., Axford, N., and Sylva, K. / (£67,000)

  • Stop Start: survey of children’s centres

  • 2017-2018

    Sammons, P and Sylva, K / Sutton Trust

  • A Comparative Study of Early Childhood Education in Selected High Performing Countries

  • 2015-2018

    Kagan, S. L, Sylva, K and others. / U.S. National Centre for Education and the Economy / approximately 2,500,000 U.S. grant to Columbia Teachers College

  • Supporting parents to help children read: an RCT study Education Endowment

  • 2012-2015

    Sylva, K. and Roberts, F / (£1,133,000) / an RCT study Education Endowment

  • Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE)

  • 2009-2015

    Sylva, K. Sammons, P., Evangelou, M., and Smith, T. / Department for Education / ( £1,327,040 oxford part of 3,000,000+ with partners)

  • Engaging parents in their young children’s learning.

  • 2015-2019

    Jelley, F. Sylva, K., Eisenstadt, N/( CI) Sutton Trust and Esmee Fairbairn

  • How disadvantage shapes students' educational outcomes up to age 18 and beyond: the role of pre-school, primary and secondary schools in promoting social mobility (CI)

  • 2014-2016

    Sammons, P. & Sylva, K/ Sutton Trust

  • Sound Foundations: what do we know about quality for under threes?

  • 2013

    Mathers, S., Sylva, K., and Eisenstadt, N/Sutton Trust

  • Reading World: an evaluation

  • 2015

    Karemaker, A. & Sylva, K/Oxford University Press

  • Fulfilling Lives: A better start.

  • 2014-2023

    Barlow, J., Sylva, K., Bick, D., and Lindsay, G/The Big Lottery

Doctoral Applications

Kathy does not take new doctoral students. She is happy to talk to D Phil and M Sc students about their work, especially related to assessments of children or interventions in the Early Years

  • Subjects Taught

    MSc Education (Child Development and Education)

Publications:

  • Books

    • SIRAJ, I, Taggart, B, SAMMONS, P, MELHUISH, E, Sylva, K, Shepherd, D-L (2019) Teaching in Effective Primary Schools: Research into pedagogy and children's learning.. London: Trentham Books (UCL- IOE Press).

    • Sylva, K (2017) Foreword.

    • Sylva, K (2017) Foreword.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Shepherd, D-L, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K (2014) Effective Teachers in primary Schools: key research on pedagogy and children’s learning. Stoke on Trent: Trentham Books.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2010) Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-School and Primary Education Project. Oxford: Routledge.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00308.x

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2010) Early childhood matters: Evidence from the effective pre-school and primary education project.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203862063

    • Sylva, K (2010) Introduction: Why EPPE?.

    • Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2006) Assessing quality in the early years: Early childhood environment rating scale. New York: Teachers College Press.

  • Book chapters

    • DOWKER, A (2019) “Foreword”, In: D Geary, D Berch (eds.) Cognitive Foundations for Improving Mathematics Learning. Mathematical Cognition and Learning. Cambridge, MA: Elesevier. xiii-xx

    • Sylva, K, Colman, P (2018) “Preschool intervention to prevent behaviour problems and school failure”, In: Parenting, Schooling and Children's Behaviour. 75-88
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9780429450747-5

    • Sylva, K (2017) “Developmental psychology and the pre-school curriculum”, In: Child Psychology in Action: Linking Research and Practice. 127-142
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315183329

    • Evangelou, M, Goff, J, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Smith, T, Hall, J, Eisenstadt, N (2017) “Children's centres: An English intervention for families living in disadvantaged communities”, In: Handbook on Positive Development of Minority Children and Youth. 455-470
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-43645-6_27

    • Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2015) “Home, Pre-school and Primary school effects when children are aged 11”, In: E Mallou (ed.) Kindergarten Teachers’s Handbook: Theory and Action. Athens:

    • Mathers, SJ, Roberts, F, Sylva, K (2013) “Quality in Early Childhood Education”, In: G Pugh, B Duffy (eds.) Contemporary Issues in the Early Years. London: SAGE Publications Limited.

    • Mathers, S, Roberts, F, Sylva, K (2013) “Quality in early childhood education”, In: G Pugh, B Duffy (eds.) Contemporary Issues in the Early Years. 6th. London: Sage Publications. 55-72

    • Sylva, K, Chan, LLS, Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Emergent Literacy Environments: Home and Pre-school Influences on Children’s Literacy Development”, In: Handbook of Early Literacy Research Vol. 3. London: Institute of Education. 97-117

    • Sylva, K, Chan, L, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Emergent Literacy Environments: Home and Preschool Influences on Children’s Literacy Development”, In: Handbook of Early Literacy Research. New York: Guilford Press.

    • Sylva, K (2010) “Quality in early childhood settings”, In: Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project. 70-91

    • Sylva, K (2010) “Re-thinking the evidencebase for early years policy and practice”, In: Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project. 223-235

    • Melhuish, EC (2010) “A linked study: Effective pre-school provision in Northern Ireland”, In: K Sylva, E Melhuish, P Sammons, I Siraj-Blatchford, B Taggart (eds.) Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project. Abingdon: Routledge. 192-205

    • Melhuish, EC (2010) “Why children, parents and home learning are important”, In: K Sylva, E Melhuish, P Sammons, I Siraj-Blatchford, B Taggart (eds.) Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project. London: Routledge.

    • Roberts, F, Mathers, S, Joshi, H, Sylva, K, Jones, E (2010) “Childcare in the pre-school years”, In: K Hansen, H Joshi, S Dex (eds.) Children of the 21st Century: the first five years. Bristol: The Policy Press. 131-151

    • Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2009) “Early Childhood in Focus 5 Effective Early Childhood Programmes”, In: Early Childhood in Focus 5 Effective Early Childhood Programmes. Den Haag: Bernard van Leer Foundation. 28-29

    • Sylva, K, Roberts, F (2009) “Quality in early childhood education: evidence for long-term effects”, In: G Pugh, B Duffy (eds.) Contemporary Issues in the Early Years. 5th. London: Sage Publications. 47-62

    • Sammons, P, Anders, Y, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Barreau, S (2009) “Children’s cognitive attainment and progress in English primary schools during Key Stage 2: Investigating the potential continuing influences of pre-school education”, In: Frühpädagogische Förderung in Institutionen Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. Sonderheft 11 | 2008. Wiesbaden: Springer-Verlag. 179-198

    • Good, J, Kucirkova, N, Sylva, K, Evangelou, M, Goff, JC (2008) “Enhancing Parental Involvement: the parent sub-sample”, In: M Evangelou, K Sylva, A Edwards, T Smith (eds.) DCSF Research Report RR039 - Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning: The evaluation of the early learning partnership project. 84-110

    • Melhuish, EC, Belsky, J, Leyland, A, Barnes, J “Welche Auswirkungen hatte die Einfunhrung lokaler Sure Start Programme auf dreijahrige Kinder und ihre Familien in England? Eine quasi-experimentelle Beobachtungstudie”, In: K Sylva, B Taggart (eds.) Fruhe Bildung zahlt: Das Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Projekt (EPPE) und das Sure Start Programm. Berlin: DohrmanVelag.

  • Conference papers

    • Sylva, K (2019) Keynote 'Curriculum and Pedagogy for ECE in the 21st Century: beyond school readiness'.

    • Karemaker, AM, Jelley, F, Sylva, K, Clancy, C (2016) The effects of selected e-book features on children’s literacy development in Year-1: A small- scale Randomised Controlled Trial. (Belfast)

    • Jelley, F, Sylva, K (2016) Helping parents support children's reading: RCT evidence on parents' behavioural outcomes. (University of York)

    • Jelley, FC, Karemaker, A, Sylva, K (2016) Improving children’s reading through parental support: evidence on parents’ behavioural outcomes. (Belfast)

    • Karemaker, AM, Jelley, F, Sylva, K, Kanji, G, Murphy, V (2014) Ready to read: how staff training impacts literacy skills in pre-schools. (Amsterdam, the Netherlands)

    • Jelley, F, Karemaker, A, Sylva, K (2014) A new measure of Concepts About Print: “Dan the Flying Man”. (Amsterdam)

    • Sylva, K, Schofield, C, Good, J, Karemaker, A, Goff, JC (2012) Exploring barriers and opportunities for parental engagement in childcare. (Porto, Portugal)

    • Roberts, F, Sylva, K, Sammons, P (2012) Helping parents to support their children’s transition to school: a feasibility trial on ‘Ready to Go!’. (Porto)

    • Roberts, F, Sylva, K (2010) From efficacy to effectiveness: helping parents support their children's literacy and behaviour at home. (University of York)

    • Roberts, F, Nayak, G, Sylva, K (2010) A new observational measure to assess parent support during shared book-reading. (Goldsmiths, University of London)

    • Roberts, F, Sylva, K (2010) Teaching parents to support their children’s reading at home. (Berlin)

    • Roberts, F, Sylva, K (2009) Teaching parents to support their children's reading at home: a randomised controlled trial. (Nottingham)

    • Sylva, K, Evangelou, M, Smith, T, Good, J, Goff, JC (2008) Parents and their children’s learning: practices and processes. (London)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K New Evidence: Birth to School Literacy Intervention. (Warwick)

    • Sylva, K, Hall, J “The role of pre-school and primary education in protecting against developmental risk”, The Longview Conference: Escape from Disadvantage. (Oxford)

    • Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, E, Taggart, B, Welcomme, W “Can pre-school protect?: Factors related to resilience in the development of pre-schoolers”, British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. (Edinburgh)

    • Sammons, P, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B “Protecting the development of 5-11 year olds from the impacts of early disadvantage: The Role of Primary School Academic Effectiveness”, EARLI 2012 SIG 18 “Educational Effectiveness”. (Zurich, Switzerland)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K Foundation PEEP: Evidence from a Short-term Longitudinal Evaluation. (London)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K Mothers’ qualifications & children’s literacy outcomes – a target for interventions?. (Exeter)

    • Evangelou, M, Coxon, K, Sylva, K Reaching ‘Hard to Reach’ families: Findings from the second phase of a three year evaluation project. (London)

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I EPPE 3-14: Transition between primary & secondary school: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project.

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I What makes a Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School?. (Edinburgh)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K, Wild, M, Glenny, G Evidence Base for the 2010 Review of the Early Years Foundation Stage. (Invited presentation to the National Strategies group)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K Presentation to the National Strategies Group. (London)

    • Evangelou, M, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I What makes a successful transition from primary to secondary school in England?. (Limassol, Cyprus)

    • Evangelou, M, Sammons, P, Goff, J, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Smith, G, Eisenstadt, N, Smees, R The Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England: Delivering services through a UK family intervention. (Limassol, Cyprus)

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K, Edwards, A, Smith, T Lessons for Workforce Development in ELPP. (London)

  • Journal articles

    • Toth, K, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2019) “Home learning environment across time: the role of early years HLE and background in predicting HLE at later ages”, School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 31(1 The Home Learning Environment and its Role in Shaping Children’s Educational Development) 1-24.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2019.1618348

    • Hall, J, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Sylva, K, Evangelou, M, Goff, J, Smith, T, Smith, G (2019) “Relationships between families’ use of Sure Start Children’s Centres, changes in home learning environments, and preschool behavioural disorders”, Oxford Review of Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2018.1551195

    • Hurry, J, Flouri, E, Sylva, K (2018) “Literacy Difficulties and Emotional and Behavior Disorders: Causes and Consequences”, Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk. 23(3) 259-279.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/10824669.2018.1482748

    • Kucirkova, N, Dale, PS, Sylva, K (2018) “Parents reading with their 10-month-old babies: key predictors for high-quality reading styles”, EARLY CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND CARE. 188(2) 195-207.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1211117

    • Barlow, J, Beake, S, Bick, D, Bryson, C, Day, L, Gilby, N, Glover, V, Knibbs, S, Leyland, A, Lindsay, G, Mathers, S, McKenna, K, Petrou, S, Purdon, S, Sylva, K, Summerbell, CD, Tudor, F, Wheeler, A, Woolgar, V (2017) “Initial protocol for a national evaluation of an area-based intervention programme (A Better Start) on early-life outcomes: a longitudinal cohort study with comparison (control) cohort samples”, Bmj Open. 7(8)
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2016-015086

    • Karemaker, AM, Jelley, F, Clancy, C, Sylva, K (2017) “The effects on children's literacy skills of reading e-books with different features: Are 'bells and whistles' over-rated?”, International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijcci.2017.01.004

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Hall, J, Siraj, I, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Mathers, S (2017) “Establishing the effects of quality in early childhood: comparing evidence from England”, Early Education. Occasional Paper. March 2017

    • Barlow, J, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, Fonagy, P, Fearon, P (2016) “Questioning the outcome of the Building Blocks trial”, Lancet (London, England). 387(10028) 1615-1616.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/s0140-6736(16)30201-x

    • Hall, J, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Evangelou, M, Eisenstadt, N, Smith, T, Smith, G (2016) “Disadvantaged families are at greatest risk from austerity cuts to children's centres.”, BMJ. 352 i897+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i897

    • Hall, J, Eisenstadt, N, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Sammons, P, Smith, G, Evangelou, M, Goff, J, Tanner, E, Agur, M, Hussey, D (2015) “A review of the services offered by English Sure Start Children's Centres in 2011 and 2012”, Oxford Review of Education. 41(1) 89-104.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.1001731

    • Sammons, P, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2015) “The long-term role of the home learning environment in shaping students’ academic attainment in secondary school”, Journal of Children’s Services. 10(3) 189-201.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-02-2015-0007

    • Malmberg, L, Lewis, S, West, A, Murray, E, Sylva, K, Stein, A (2015) “The influence of mothers’ and fathers’ sensitivity in the first year of life on children’s cognitive outcomes at 18 and 36 months”, Child: Care, Health and Development.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/cch.12294

    • Chan, LL, Sylva, K (2015) “Exploring emergent literacy development in a second language: A selective literature review and conceptual framework for research”, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy. 15(1) 3-36.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1468798414522824

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2014) “Home, pre-school and primary school influences upon children’s educational attainment at age 11”, Education Policy Analysis Archives. 22 1-26.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v22.1893

    • Sylva, K (2014) “The role of families and pre-school in educational disadvantage”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 40(6) 680-695.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.979581

    • Mathers, S, Sylva, K, Eisenstadt, N, Soukakou, E, Ereky-Stevens, K (2014) “Supporting early learning for children under three: Research and practice”, Journal of Children's Services. 9(2) 177-187.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-02-2014-0008

    • Evangelou, M, Coxon, K, Sylva, K, Smith, S, Chan, LLS (2013) “Seeking to Engage 'Hard-to-Reach' Families: Towards a Transferable Model of Intervention”, CHILDREN & SOCIETY. 27(2) 127-138.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00387.x

    • Stein, A, Malmberg, L-E, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, FCCC Team (2013) “The influence of different forms of early childcare on children's emotional and behavioural development at school entry.”, Child: care, health and development. 39(5) 676-687.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01421.x

    • Melhuish, E, Quinn, L, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Preschool affects longer term literacy and numeracy: results from a general population longitudinal study in Northern Ireland”, SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. 24(2) 234-250.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749796

    • Sammons, P, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Protecting the development of 511-year-olds from the impacts of early disadvantage: the role of primary school academic effectiveness”, SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. 24(2) 251-268.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749797

    • Hall, J, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Can preschool protect young children's cognitive and social development? Variation by center quality and duration of attendance”, School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 24(2) 155-176.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749793

    • Evangelou, M, Coxon, K, Sylva, K, Smith, S, Chan, LLS (2013) “Seeking to Engage 'Hard-to-Reach' Families: Towards a Transferable Model of Intervention”, Children and Society. 27(2) 127-138.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2011.00387.x

    • Nayak, G, Sylva, K (2013) “The effects of a guided reading intervention on reading comprehension: A study on young Chinese learners of English in Hong Kong”, Language Learning Journal. 41(1) 85-103.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2011.625214

    • Melhuish, E, Quinn, L, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “Preschool affects longer term literacy and numeracy: Results from a general population longitudinal study in Northern Ireland”, School Effectiveness and School Improvement. 24(2) 234-250.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09243453.2012.749796

    • Stein, A, Malmberg, LE, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, Davies, B, Ereky-Stevens, K, Godlieb, J, Hague, L, Jennings, D, Nichols, M, Ram, B, Triner, A, Walker, J (2013) “The influence of different forms of early childcare on children's emotional and behavioural development at school entry”, Child: Care, Health and Development. 39(5) 676-687.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2012.01421.x

    • Sylva, K (2013) “Enabling parents to support their children's learning at home”, EUROPEAN CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY. 22 S132-S132.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Chan, LLS, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2013) “The effects of early experiences at home and pre-school on gains in English and mathematics in primary school: a multilevel study in England”, Zeitschrift f�r Erziehungswissenschaft. 16
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11618-013-0364-6

    • Goff, J, Evangelou, M, Sylva, K (2012) “Enhancing parents' ways of supporting their children's early learning through participation in an early-intervention project in the UK: The Early Learning Partnership Project”, ZEITSCHRIFT FUR FAMILIENFORSCHUNG. 24(2) 160-177.

    • Nunes, T, Bryant, P, Barros, R, Sylva, K (2012) “The relative importance of two different mathematical abilities to mathematical achievement”, British Journal of Educational Psychology. 82(1) 136-156.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02033.x

    • Nunes, T, Bryant, P, Barros, R, Sylva, K (2012) “The relative importance of two different mathematical abilities to mathematical achievement.”, The British journal of educational psychology. 82(Pt 1) 136-156.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.2044-8279.2011.02033.x

    • Scott, S, Sylva, K, Beckett, C, Kallitsoglou, A, Doolan, M, Ford, T (2012) “Should parenting programmes to improve children's life chances address child behaviour, reading skills, or both? Rationale for the Helping Children Achieve trial”, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY. 9(1) 47-60.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/17405629.2011.643172

    • Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) “The power of pre-school: Evidence from the Eppe project”, Cadernos de Pesquisa. 41(142) 68-99.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1590/S0100-15742011000100005

    • Malmberg, L-E, Mwaura, P, Sylva, K (2011) “Effects of a preschool intervention on cognitive development among East-African preschool children A flexibly time-coded growth model”, EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH QUARTERLY. 26(1) 124-133.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2010.04.003

    • Sylva, K, Stein, A, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, L-E, FCCC-team (2011) “Effects of early child-care on cognition, language, and task-related behaviours at 18 months: an English study.”, The British journal of developmental psychology. 29(Pt 1) 18-45.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1348/026151010x533229

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2011) “Pre-school quality and educational outcomes at age 11: Low quality has little benefit”, Journal of Early Childhood Research. 9(2) 109-124.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1177/1476718X10387900

    • Anders, Y, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) “The influence of child, family, home factors and pre-school education on the identification of special educational needs at age 10”, British Educational Research Journal. 37(3) 421-441.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01411921003725338

    • Yang, TO, Sylva, K, Lunt, I (2010) “Parent support, peer support, and peer acceptance in healthy lifestyle for asthma management among early adolescents.”, Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN. 15(4) 272-281.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1744-6155.2010.00247.x

    • Scott, S, Sylva, K, Doolan, M, Price, J, Jacobs, B, Crook, C, Landau, S (2010) “Randomised controlled trial of parent groups for child antisocial behaviour targeting multiple risk factors: the SPOKES project.”, Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 51(1) 48-57.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.2009.02127.x

    • Hall, J, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Smees, R (2010) “Measuring the cumulative risk to children’s cognitive development: Confirmatory factor analysis using formative measurement”, British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 37(3) 421-441.

    • Hall, J, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Smees, R (2010) “Measuring the combined risk to young children's cognitive development: an alternative to cumulative indices”, British Journal of Developmental Psychology. 28(Pt 2) 219-238.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1348/026151008X399925

    • Barnes, J, Leach, P, Malmberg, LE, Stein, A, Sylva, K (2010) “Experiences of childcare in England and socio-emotional development at 36 months”, Early Child Development and Care. 180(9) 1215-1229.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03004430902943959

    • West, AF, Lewis, S, Ram, B, Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, Stein, A, FCCC project team (2009) “Why do some fathers become primary caregivers for their infants? A qualitative study.”, Child: care, health and development. 35(2) 208-216.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00926.x

    • Hall, J, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2009) “The role of pre-school quality in promoting resilience in the cognitive development of young children”, Oxford Review of Education. 35 331-352.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054980902934613

    • Lewis, SN, West, AF, Stein, A, Malmberg, L-E, Bethell, K, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, Leach, P, Families, Children and Child Care (FCCC) project team (2009) “A comparison of father-infant interaction between primary and non-primary care giving fathers.”, Child: care, health and development. 35(2) 199-207.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00913.x

    • Lubans, DR, Sylva, K (2009) “Mediators of change following a senior school physical activity intervention.”, Journal of science and medicine in sport. 12(1) 134-140.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2007.08.013

    • Yang, TO, Lunt, I, Sylva, K (2009) “Peer stress-related coping activities in young adolescents' asthma management.”, The Journal of asthma : official journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma. 46(6) 613-617.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02770900903029770

    • West, AF, Lewis, S, Ram, B, Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, Stein, A (2009) “Why do some fathers become primary caregivers for their infants? A qualitative study”, Child Care Health and Development. 35(2) 208-216.

    • Stein, A, Malmberg, L-E, Sylva, K, Barnes, J, Leach, P, FCCC team** (2008) “The influence of maternal depression, caregiving, and socioeconomic status in the post-natal year on children's language development.”, Child: care, health and development. 34(5) 603-612.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00837.x

    • Sylva, K, Scott, S, Totsika, V, Ereky-Stevens, K, Crook, C (2008) “Training parents to help their children read: a randomized control trial.”, The British journal of educational psychology. 78(Pt 3) 435-455.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1348/000709907x255718

    • Townsend, MS, Sylva, K, Martin, A, Metz, D, Wooten-Swanson, P (2008) “Improving readability of an evaluation tool for low-income clients using visual information processing theories.”, Journal of nutrition education and behavior. 40(3) 181-186.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2007.06.011

    • Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, L, Sylva, K, Stein, A (2008) “The quality of different types of child care at 10 and 18 months: A comparison between types and factors related to quality Penelope Leach”, Early Child Development and Care. 178(2) 177-209.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03004430600722655

    • Lubans, DR, Sylva, K, Osborn, Z (2008) “Convergent validity and test-retest reliability of the Oxford Physical Activity Questionnaire for secondary school students”, BEHAVIOUR CHANGE. 25(1) 23-34.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1375/bech.25.1.23

    • Mwaura, PAM, Sylva, K, Malmberg, LE (2008) “Evaluating the Madrasa preschool programme in East Africa: A quasi-experimental study”, International Journal of Early Years Education. 16(3) 237-255.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09669760802357121

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E (2008) “Towards the transformation of practice in early childhood education: The effective provision of pre-school education (EPPE) project”, Cambridge Journal of Education. 38(1) 23-36.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03057640801889956

    • Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Phan, MB, Malin, A (2008) “The early years. Preschool influences on mathematics achievement.”, SCIENCE. 321(5893) 1161-1162.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1158808

    • Sylva, K, Taggart, B, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2007) “Changing models of research to inform educational policy”, Research Papers in Education. 22(2) 155-168.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02671520701296098

    • Lubans, DR, Sylva, K, Morgan, PJ (2007) “Factors associated with physical activity in a sample of British secondary school students”, Australian Journal of Educational and Developmental Psychology. 7 22-30.

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K (2007) “Evidence on effective early childhood interventions from the United Kingdom: An evaluation of the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP)”, Early Childhood Research and Practice. 9(1)

    • Mathers, S, Linskey, F, Seddon, J, Sylva, K (2007) “Using quality rating scales for professional development: Experiences from the UK”, International Journal of Early Years Education. 15(3) 261-274.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09669760701516959

    • Melhuish, E, Phan, M, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2007) “Effects of the home learning environment and preschool center experience upon literacy and numeracy development in early primary school”, Journal of Social Issues. 64(1) 95-114.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-4560.2008.00550.x

    • Nath, SR, Sylva, K (2007) “Children’s access to pre-school education in Bangladesh”, International Journal of Early Years Education. 15(3) 275-295.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09669760701516967

    • Brave, R, Sylva, K (2007) “Exhibiting eugenics: response and resistance to a hidden history.”, The Public historian. 29(3) 33-51.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2007.29.3.33

    • Barnes, J, Ram, B, Leach, P, Altmann, L, Sylva, K, Malmberg, L-E, Stein, A, Team, FCCC (2007) “Factors associated with negative emotional expression: a study of mothers of young infants”, JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE AND INFANT PSYCHOLOGY. 25(2) 122-138.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02646830701292399

    • Sylva, K, Stein, A, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, L-E, FCCC-Team (2007) “Family and child factors related to the use of non-maternal infant care: An English study”, EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH QUARTERLY. 22(1) 118-136.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2006.11.003

    • Malmberg, L-E, Stein, A, West, A, Lewis, S, Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, FCCC (2007) “Parent-infant interaction: a growth model approach.”, Infant behavior & development. 30(4) 615-630.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.infbeh.2007.03.007

    • Hurry, J, Sylva, K (2007) “Long-term outcomes of early reading intervention”, JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN READING. 30(3) 227-248.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9817.2007.00338.x

    • Sylva, K, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Totsika, V, Ereky-Stevens, K, Gilden, R, Bell, D (2006) “Curricular quality and day-to-day learning activities in pre-school”, International Journal of Early Years Education. 15(1) 49-65.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09669760601106968

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K, Lunt, I (2006) “Early identification of special educational needs and the definition of 'at risk': The Early Years Transition and Special Educational Needs (EYTSEN) Project”, British Journal of Special Education. 33 40-45.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8578.2006.00410.x

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E (2006) “Educational research and evidence-based policy: The mixed-method approach of the eppe project”, Evaluation and Research in Education. 19(2) 63-82.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.2167/eri419.0

    • Leach, P, Barnes, J, Nichols, M, Goldin, J, Stein, A, Sylva, K, Malmberg, L-E, Team, FCCC (2006) “Child care before 6 months of age: A qualitative study of mothers' decisions and feelings about employment and non-maternal care”, INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT. 15(5) 471-502.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/icd.473

    • Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, Stein, A, Malmberg, L (2006) “Infant care in England: Mothers' aspirations, experiences, satisfaction and caregiver relationships”, Early Child Development and Care. 176(5) 553-573.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03004430500317408

    • Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Elliot, K, Tatsika, V (2006) “Capturing quality in early childhood through environmental rating scales”, Early Childhood Research Quarterly. 21(1) 76-92.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2006.01.003

    • Lubans, D, Sylva, K (2006) “Controlled evaluation of a physical activity intervention for senior school students: Effects of the lifetime activity program”, Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 28(3) 252-268.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1123/jsep.28.3.252

    • Sylva, K, Pugh, G (2005) “Transforming the early years in England”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 31(1) 11-27.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0305498042000337165

    • Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Taggart, B, Elliot, K (2005) “Investigating the effects of pre-school provision: Using mixed methods in the EPPE research”, International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 8(3) 207-224.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13645570500154840

    • Sammons, P, Elliot, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2004) “The impact of pre-school on young children's cognitive attainments at entry to reception”, British Educational Research Journal. 30(5) 691-712.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192042000234656

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K (2004) “Researching pedagogy in English pre-schools”, British Educational Research Journal. 30(5) 713-730.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192042000234665

    • Sylva, K (2000) “Untitled”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 26(3-4) 293-297.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/713688542

    • Sylva, K, Evans, E (1999) “Preventing failure at school”, Children and Society. 13(4) 278-286.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1002/CHI571

    • Hadeed, J, Sylva, K (1999) “Center care and education in Bahrain: Does it benefit children's development?”, Early Child Development and Care. 157(1) 67-87.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0300443991570105

    • Sylva, K, Hurry, J, Mirelman, H, Burrell, A, Riley, J (1999) “Evaluation of a focused literacy teaching programme in reception and year 1 classes: Classroom observations”, British Educational Research Journal. 25(5) 617-635.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192990250504

    • Nath, SR, Sylva, K, Grimes, J (1999) “Raising basic education levels in rural Bangladesh: The impact of a non-formal education programme”, International Review of Education. 45(1) 5-26.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1023/A:1003548518474

    • Pretzlik, U, Sylva, K (1999) “Paediatric patients' distress and coping: An observational measure”, Archives of Disease in Childhood. 81(6) 528-530.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/adc.81.6.528

    • Hurry, J, Sylva, K, Riley, J (1999) “Evaluation of a focused literacy teaching programme in reception and year 1 classes: Child outcomes”, British Educational Research Journal. 25(5) 637-649.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192990250505

    • Pretzlik, U, Sylva, K (1999) “Paediatric patients' distress and coping during medical treatment: A self report measure”, Archives of Disease in Childhood. 81(6) 525-527.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/adc.81.6.525

    • Hadeed, J, Sylva, K (1999) “Behavioral observations as predictors of children's social and cognitive progress in day care”, Early Child Development and Care. 154(1) 13-30.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0030443991540102

    • Kwan, C, Sylva, K, Reeves, B (1998) “Day care quality and child development in Singapore”, Early Child Development and Care. 144(1) 69-77.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0300443981440108

    • Sylva, K, Hurry, J, Peters, S (1997) “Why is reading recovery successful? A Vygotskian critique of an early reading intervention”, European Journal of Psychology of Education. 12(4) 373-384.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/BF03172799

    • Sylva, K (1997) “Editorial”, International Journal of Phytoremediation. 21(1) 2-3.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13502939785207961

    • Sylva, K (1997) “Critical periods in childhood learning.”, British medical bulletin. 53(1) 185-197.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bmb.a011599

    • Hobsbaum, A, Peters, S, Sylva, K (1996) “Scaffolding in reading recovery”, Oxford Review of Education. 22(1) 17-35.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0305498960220102

    • Sylva, K, Nabuco, ME (1996) “Research on quality in the curriculum”, International Journal of Early Childhood. 28(2) 1-6.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/BF03174496

    • Sylva, K (1994) “School influences on children's development.”, Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines. 35(1) 135-170.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-7610.1994.tb01135.x

    • Doswell, G, Lewis, V, Sylva, K, Boucher, J (1994) “Validational data on the Warwick Symbolic Play Test.”, European journal of disorders of communication : the journal of the College of Speech and Language Therapists, London. 29(3) 289-298.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.3109/13682829409111613

    • Sylva, K (1993) “Play in hospital: when and why it's effective”, Current Paediatrics. 3(4) 247-249.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/0957-5839(93)90095-M

    • Sylva, K (1993) “Work or Play in the Kindergarten?”, Singapore Journal of Education. 13(1) 26-31.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/02188799308547701

    • Sylva, K (1993) “The Impact of Early Learning on Children's Later Development A review prepared for the RSA inquiry 'Start Right'”, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal. 1(1) 17-40.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13502939385207331

    • Sylva, K, Blatchford, IS, Johnson, S (1992) “The impact of the U.K. National Curriculum on pre-school practice: Some "top-down" processes at work”, International Journal of Early Childhood. 24(1) 41-51.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/BF03174160

    • Sylva, K (1992) “Conversations in the nursery: How they contribute to aspirations and plans”, Language and Education. 6(2-4) 141-148.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/09500789209541333

    • Sylva, K (1990) “Evaluating early education programmes”, Early Child Development and Care. 58(1) 97-107.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0300443900580112

    • Sylva, K (1990) “Introduction”, Early Child Development and Care. 58(1) 1+.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0300443900580101

    • Sylva, K (1989) “Does early intervention 'work'?”, Archives of disease in childhood. 64(8) 1103-1104.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1136/adc.64.8.1103

    • Halsey, AH, Sylva, K (1987) “Plowden: History and prospect”, Oxford Review of Education. 13(1) 3-11.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0305498870130101

    • Moore, E, Sylva, K (1985) “The What and Wherefore of Nursery Record‐keeping”, British Educational Research Journal. 11(3) 241-251.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0141192850110305

    • Sylva, K (1984) “A Hard-Headed Look At The Fruits Of Play”, Early Child Development and Care. 15(2-3) 171-183.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/0300443840150205

    • Hudson, BL, Sylva, K (1980) “Psychology and social work”, British Journal of Social Work. 10(3) 367-370.

    • Bruner, JS, Jolly, A, Sylva, K (1978) “Play-Its Role in Development and Evolution (Book)”, Journal of Personality Assessment. 42(5) 549-550.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1207/s15327752jpa4205_20

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Mayo, A, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K “The learning life course of at ‘risk’ children aged 3-16: Perceptions of students and parents about ‘succeeding against the odds’”, Scottish Educational Review. 14(2) 5-17.

    • Baker, W, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B “Aspirations, education and inequality in England: insights from the Effective Provision of Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 40(5) 525-542.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054985.2014.953921

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B “Las influences del hogar, el pre-escolar y la escuela primaria sobre el rendimiento educativo a los once años del niño”, Revista de Politica Educativa. 3 63-92.

    • Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B “Home, Pre-school and Primary school influences upon children’s educational attainment at age 11”, Revista de Política Educativa.

    • Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM “Influencing policy and practice through research on early childhood education”, International Journal of Early Childhood Education. 14(2) 7-21.

    • MURPHY, VA, Karemaker, J, Sylva, K, Kanji, G, JELLEY, F “Effective intervention to support oral language skills in English as an additional language in the early years”, TEANGA: The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.35903/teanga.v10i0.67

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B “Is public investment in the early years worthwhile?”, Early Education. (54) 3-4.

    • Sammons, PM, Toth, K, Sylva,, K “The drivers of academic success for ‘bright’ but disadvantaged students: A longitudinal study of AS and A-level outcomes in England”, Studies in Educational Evaluation.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2017.10.004

    • VON SPRECKELSEN, M, Dove, E, COOLEN, I, Mills, A, DOWKER, A, Sylva, K, Ansari, D, Merkley, R, MURPHY, V, SCERIF, G “Let's talk about maths: The role of observed 'maths-talk' and maths provision in pre-schoolers' numeracy”, Mind, Brain, and Education.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/mbe.12221

    • MELHUISH, E, Sylva, K, SAMMONS, P, SIRAJ, I, Taggart, B “Developing 21st century skills in early childhood: the contribution of process quality to self-regulation and pro-social behaviour”, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11618-020-00945-x

    • MELHUISH, E, Barnes, J, GARDINER, J, SIRAJ, I, SAMMONS, P, Sylva, K, Taggart, B “A study of the long-term influence of early childhood education and care on the risk for developing special educational needs”, Exceptionality Education International.

    • Sammons, PM, Anders, Y, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Barreau, S “Children's Cognitive Attainment and Progress in English Primary Schools During Key Stage 2: Investigating the potential continuing influences of pre-school education”, Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft. (Special Issue 11/2008) 179-198.

  • Reports

    • Jelley, F, Sylva, K, Karemaker, A (2016) EasyPeasy parenting app: findings from an efficacy trial on parent engagement and school readiness skills. London: The Sutton Trust.

    • Sylva, K, Jelley, F, Karemaker, A, Ebbens, A, Archer, A (2016) Final report to the Educational Endowment Foundation (EEF) on the SPOKES intervention. University of Oxford:

    • Sylva, K, Pastori, G, Lerkkanen, MK, Slot, P, Ereky-Stevens, K (2016) Integrative report on a culture-sensitive quality & curriculum framework. CARE Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC, WP2, D2.4.. Brussels:

    • Sammons, PM, Smees, R, Hall, J, Goff, J, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Evangelou, M, Eisenstadt, N, Smith, G (2015) Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE). Strand 4: Managing change and resourcing for Children’s Centres. London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Toth, K, Sylva, K (2015) Subject to Background: What promotes better achievement by bright but disadvantaged students?. Sutton Trust.

    • Sammons, PM, Toth, K, Sylva, K (2015) Background to success: differences in A-Level entries by ethnicity, neighbourhood and gender. London: Sutton Trust.

    • Sammons, PM, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B (2015) Pre-school and Early Home Learning Environment Effects on A-level Outcomes, DfE Research Report 472a and 472b (Technical Report). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, P, Toth, K, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, BL (2015) Pre-school and early home learning effects on A-level outcomes: Effective Pre-school, Primary & Secondary Education Project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Goff, JC, Eisenstadt, N, Smith, T, Hall, J, Evangelou, M, Smith, G, Sammons, P (2015) Organisation, Services and Reach of Children’s Centres: Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE, Strand 3). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Smees, R, Hall, J, Goff, J, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Evangelou, M, Eisenstadt, N, Smith, G (2015) Changes in resourcing and characteristics of children’s centres: Evaluation of children’s centres in England (ECCE, Strand 4). London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, P, Hall, J, Smees, R, Goff, J, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Evangelou, M, Eisenstadt, N, Smith, G (2015) The impact of children’s centres: studying the effects of children's centres in promoting better outcomes for young children and their families: evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE, Strand 4): research report. London: DfE.

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, PM, Siraj, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Toth, K, Smees, R, Hollingworth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Post age 16 destinations. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Mathers, S, Eisenstadt, N, Sylva, K, Soukakou, E, Ereky-Stevens, K (2014) Sound Foundations: A review of the research evidence on quality for early childhood education and care for children under three. Implications for policy and practice.. London:

    • Evangelou, M, Goff, JC, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Eisenstadt, N, Paget, C, Davis, S, Sammons, P, Smith, T, Tracz, R, Parkin, T (2014) Evaluation of children's centres in England - strand 3: parenting services in children's centres. London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Students' educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Final Report from Key Stage 4. London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Influences on student's social-behavioural development at age 16. London: Institute of Education and DfE.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Toth, K, Smees, R (2014) Influences on students’ GCSE attainment and progress at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Influences on students' dispositions and well-being in Key Stage 4 age 16. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Students' views of school in Key Stage 4 age 16. London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Siraj, I, Hollingworth, K, Taggart, B, Sammons, PM, Melhuish, E, Sylva, K (2014) Report on students who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). London: Institute of Education & Department of Education.

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Toth, K, Smees, R, Hollingworth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Post 16 destinations. London: Institute of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Ereky-Stevens, K, Aricescu, AM (2014) Overview of European ECEC curricula and curriculum template. CARE Curriculum quality analysis and impact review of European ECEC, WP2, D2.1.. Brussles:

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K (2014) Influences on students’ social-behavioural development at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K (2014) Influences on students’ social-behavioural development at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education project (EPPSE). BRIEF. London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W, Hollingworth, K (2014) Students’ educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Siraj, I, Hollingsworth, K, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Melhuish, EC, Sylva, K (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Report on students who are not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET). London: Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+): Influences on students’ dispositions and well-being in Key Stage 4 at age 16. London: Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Toth, K, Welcomme, W (2014) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-16+: Students’ views of school in Key Stage4 at age 16. London: Institute of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Welcomme, W, Hollingworth, K (2014) Students’ educational and developmental outcomes at age 16: Effective pre-school, primary and secondary education (EPPSE). London: DfE.

    • Maisey, R, Speight, S, Haywood, S, Hall, J, Sammons, P, Hussey, D, Goff, JC, Evangelou, M, Sylva, K (2013) Evaluation of children's centres in England (ECCE) - strand 2: baseline survey of families using children's centres in the most disadvantaged areas. London: DfE.

    • Taggart, B, Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K, Walker-Hall, J (2013) Ratios in Pre-School Settings: An exploration of the relationships with children’s educational outcomes. London: DfE.

    • Evangelou, M, Goff, J, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Smith, G, Eisenstadt, N, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Chu, K (2013) “Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE). Strand 3: Delivery of Family Services by Children’s Centres”, In: Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE). London: DfE.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Toth, K, Draghici, D, Smees, R (2012) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ attainment and progress in Key Stage 3: Academic outcomes in English, maths and science in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2012) Influences on students’ dispositions in Key Stage 3: Exploring enjoyment of school, popularity, anxiety, citizenship values and academic self-concepts in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Tanner, E, Agur, M, Hussey, D, Hall, J, Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Smith, T, Evangelou, M, Flint, A (2012) “Evaluation of children's centres in England (ECCE). Strand 1: first survey of children's centre leaders in the most deprived areas”, In: Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England (ECCE). London: DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, PM, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Hunt, S, Jelicic, H (2012) The effect of starting pre-school at age 2 on long term academic and social-behavioural outcomes in Year 6 for more deprived children: Analyses conducted for the Strategy Unit. DfE.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2012) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14) – Final Report from the Key Stage 3 Phase: Influences on Students’ Development form age 11-14. London: Department of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2012) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14) – Final Report from the Key Stage 3 Phase: Influences on Students’ Development form age 11-14. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, P, Smees, R, Good, J, Sylva, K, Hall, J, Goff, JC (2011) Leadership development resources for children's centre staff: Senior leadership team questionnaire (not centre leader). Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

    • Sammons, P, Smees, R, Good, J, Sylva, K, Hall, J, Goff, JC (2011) Leadership development resources for children's centre staff: Children's centre leaders questionnaire. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

    • Sylva, K, Roberts, F, Beckett, C, Doolan, M, Scott, S, Kallitsoglou, A, Ford, T (2011) Factors associated with levels of reading in the HCA trial. Report to DfE. London: NAPR/KCL.

    • Sylva, K, Roberts, F, Price, J, Scott, S, Doolan, M, Beckett, C (2011) Teaching parents to support their children’s reading: is it feasible? Report to DfE. London: NAPR/KCL.

    • Mathers, SJ, Ranns, H, Karemaker,, A, Moody, A, Sylva, K, Graham, J, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) National Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund: Technical Report. London: DfE.

    • Mathers, SJ, Ranns, H, Karemaker, A, Moody, A, Sylva, K, Graham, J, Siraj-Blatchford, I (2011) National Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund: Impact Study Final Report. London: DfE.

    • Karemaker, A, Mathers, S, Hall, J, Sylva, K, Clemens, S (2011) Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund: factors relating to quality: findings from the baseline study. Department for Education.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Mayo, A, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K (2011) Performing against the odds: developmental trajectories of children in the EPPSE 3-16 study – Brief. London: Department of Education.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Mayo, A, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K (2011) Performing against the odds: developmental trajectories of children in the EPPSE 3-16 study. London: Department for Education.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Shepherd, D-L, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K (2011) Effective Primary Pedagogical Strategies in English and Mathematics in Key Stage 2: A study of Year 5 classroom practice from the EPPSE 3-16 longitudinal study. London: Department of Education.

    • Siraj-Blatchford, I, Shepard, D-L, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Sylva, K (2011) Effective Primary Pedagogical Strategies in English and Mathematics in Key Stage 2: A study of classroom practice from the EPPSE 3-16 longitudinal study. London: Department of Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Draghici, D, Smees, R, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students' development in Key Stage 3: Social-behavioural outcomes in Year 9. London: Department for Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education Project (EPPSE 3-14) Students? Reports of Their Experiences of School in Year 9. London: EPPSE Project - Institute of Education.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Draghici, D, Toth, K (2011) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14): Influences on students’ dispositions in Key Stage 3: Exploring Enjoyment of school, Popularity, Anxiety, Citizenship Values and Academic self-concept in Year 9.. London: Institute of Education and Department for Education.

    • Melhuish, EC, Quinn, L, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2010) Pre-school Experience and Key Stage 2 performance in English and Mathematics. Belfast: Department for Education, Northern Ireland.

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K, Kyriacou, M, Wild, M, Glenney, G (2009) Early Years Learning and Development Literature Review. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Smith, R, Purdon, S, Mathers, S, Sylva, K, Schneider, V, La Valle, I, Wollny, I, Owen, R, Bryson, C, Lloyd, E (2009) Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children Evaluation. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Nunes, T, Bryant, P, Sylva, K, Barros Baertl, R (2009) Development of maths capabilities and confidence in primary school. London:

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E (2008) Exploring pupils’ views of primary school in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K, Edwards, A, Smith, T (2008) Supporting Parents in Promoting Early Learning: The Evaluation of the Early Learning Partnership Project. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Evangelou, M, Taggart, B, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P (2008) Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Education 3-14 Project (EPPSE 3-14). What Makes a Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School?. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Evangelou, M, Coxon, K, Sylva, K (2008) Sutton Trust Evaluation Project (STEP): Phase 3 Research Report, An Evaluation of PEEP Provision for “excluded” families: Room to Play. University of Oxford: Department of Education.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E (2008) Influences on pupils’ self-perceptions in primary school: enjoyment of school, anxiety and isolation, and self-image in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Jelicic, H, Smees, R, Barreau, S, Grabbe, Y (2008) “Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Pupils’ self-perceptions and views of primary school in Year 5”, In: DCSF Research Brief. Nottingham: DCSF.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Barreau, S, Grabbe, Y (2008) The Influence of School and Teaching Quality on Children’s Progress in Primary School. Nottingham: DCSF.

    • Sammons, PM, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Hunt, S, Jelicic, H (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s cognitive and social development in Year 6. London: DCSF Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Final report from the primary phase: Pre-school, school and family Influences on children’s development during Key Stage 2 (age 7-11). Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Jelicic, H, Barreau, S, Grabbe, Y, Smees, R (2008) Relationships between pupils’ self-perceptions, views of primary school and their development in Year 5. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Hunt, S, Barreau, S, Welcomme, W (2008) Tracking and mobility over the pre-school and primary school period: Evidence from EPPE 3-11. London: Institute of Education, University of London.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Jelicic, H (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s development and progress in Key Stage 2: social/behavioural outcomes in Year 6. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Sammons, P, Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Hunt, S (2008) Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPE 3-11) Influences on children’s attainment and progress in Key Stage 2: cognitive outcomes in Year 6. Nottingham: DCSF Publications.

    • Mathers, SJ, Sylva, K (2007) National Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative: The Relationship Between Quality and Children’s Behavioural Development. London: DfES.

    • Mathers, SJ, Sylva, K, Joshi, H (2007) Quality of Childcare Settings in the Millennium Cohort Study. London: DfES.

    • Sylva, K, Bynner, J, Wadsworth, M, Goldstein, H, Maughan, B, Purdon, S, Michael, R, Hall, J (2007) “Cognitive Development and Education Outcomes”, In: J Bynner, M Wadsworth, H Goldstein, B Maughan, S Purdon, R Michael (eds.) Scientific case for a new birth cohort study: report to the Research Resources Board of the Economic and Social Research Council. Longview.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Melhuish, E, Hall, J (2006) “Tracking children with SEN through the early years: Can education make a difference?”, In: The Vernon-Wall Lecture for the annual meeting of the Education Section of the British Psychological Society. British Psychological Society.

    • Malmberg, LE, Davies, B, Walker, J, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, Stein, A, Leach, P (2005) Recruitment to and sample description of the Families, Children and Child Care (FCCC) study in relation to area characteristics (Technical Report). The Families, Children and Child Care Study.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K (2004) The early years transition and special educational needs (EYTSEN) project. DfES Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Elliot, K, Marsh, A (2004) The Continuing Effects of Pre-school Education at age 7 Years. DfES/London Institute of Education.

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K, Taylor, R, Rothwell, A, Brooks, G (2004) Enabling Parents: the role of PEEP in supporting parents as adult learners. University of Oxford: Department of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Smees, R, Taggart, B, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K (2004) Special Educational Needs in the Early Primary Years: Primary School entry up to the end of year 1. London: DfES Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, E, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2004) Effective Pre-school Education. London: DfES/London Institute of Education.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Elliot, K, Marsh, A (2004) Report on Year 6 Assessments. DfES/London Institute of Education.

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K (2003) The Effects of the Peers Early Educational Partnership (PEEP) on Children’s Developmental Progress. London: DFES Publications.

    • Sylva, K, Melhuish, M, Sammons, P, Siraj, I Effective Pre-school and Primary Education 3-11 Project (EPPSE 3-16+) Students educational and developmental outcomes at age 16. London: DfE publications.

  • Other

    • Sylva, K, Crook, C, Jelley, F, Price, J (2014) Supporting Parents on Kids’ Education in Schools (SPOKES) Literacy Programme: manual for Group Leaders. Oxford: University of Oxford/King’s College London.

    • Goff, JC, Sylva, K, Chan, L, Sammons, P, Good, J (2012) Leadership development resources for children's centre staff - leadership rating scale. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

    • Sylva, K, Good, J, Sammons, P, Goff, JC (2011) Leadership development resources for children's centre staff: Making the training pack work for you. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

    • Sylva, K, Chan, L, Good, J, Sammons, P, Goff, JC (2011) Leadership development resources for children’s centre staff : leadership rating scale. Nottingham: National College for School Leadership.

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