Department of Education

Kathy Sylva

Professor of Educational Psychology

College Affiliation: Jesus College

Kathy Sylva is a Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Educational Psychology.

She 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.

She is well-known for longitudinal studies and for robust trials of interventions both in the UK and in low income countries.  Her current research, funded by the Sutton Trust,  focuses on ways preschools 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:

  • 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 Sylva serves only as second supervisor and no longer takes on new students.

Publications:

  • Books

    • Eisenstadt, N (2010) Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-School and Primary Education Project.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00308.x

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Conference papers

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

    • 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)

    • 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 (2010) Teaching parents to support their children’s reading at home. (Berlin)

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

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

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

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

    • Evangelou, M, Sylva, K Presentation to the National Strategies Group. (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, 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, 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, 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 Foundation PEEP: Evidence from a Short-term Longitudinal Evaluation. (London)

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

  • Journal articles

    • Malmberg, L-E, Lewis, S, West, A, Murray, E, Sylva, K, Stein, A (2016) “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. 42(1) 1-7.
      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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Baker, W, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Sylva, K, Melhuish, EC, Taggart, B (2014) “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, 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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 FUR ERZIEHUNGSWISSENSCHAFT. 16(2) 277-301.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s11618-013-0364-6

    • 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

    • 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

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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Anders, Y, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Hall, JE, 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.”, The British journal of developmental psychology. 28(Pt 2) 219-238.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1348/026151008x399925

    • 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, 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(3) 331-352.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/03054980902934613

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Melhuish, EC, Phan, MB, Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B (2008) “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

    • 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 (New York, N.Y.). 321(5893) 1161-1162.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1158808

    • 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

    • 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

    • Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, LE, 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

    • 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

    • 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)

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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, 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

    • Sylva, K, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Taggart, B, Sammons, P, Melhuish, E, Elliot, K, Totsika, 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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, Stein, A, Malmberg, LE (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, 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: Theory and Practice. 8(3) 207-224.
      DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/13645570500154840

    • 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

  • Reports

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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, 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, 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.

    • 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, 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.

    • 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.

    • 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, 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, 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.

    • Sylva, K, Bynner, J, Wadsworth, M, Goldstein, H, Maughan, B, Purdon, S, Michael, R, Hall, J (2007) “Cognitive Development and Education Outcomes”, In: 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.

    • 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) The Continuing Effects of Pre-school Education at age 7 Years. 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.

    • Sylva, K, Sammons, P, Taggart, B, Smees, R, Melhuish, E, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Elliot, K (2004) The Early Years Transition & Special Educational Needs (EYTSEN) Project. DfES Publications.

    • 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. DfES Publications.

    • 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.

    • 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, 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.

    • 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.

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