New toolkit aims to help children reach their potential

Staff at Battle Hill Primary test out the Itkit. Picture by David Charlton Photography.
Staff at Battle Hill Primary test out the Itkit. Picture by David Charlton Photography.

Education experts are launching a new toolkit for schools to help give children the best start in life.

Linda Tallent, director of North Shields-based Learning and Training Consultancy (LTC), invited staff and pupils at Battle Hill Primary School to test out their new early intervention programme designed to help children reach their full potential quickly.

The children had lots of fun taking part in the Itkit’s activities

Gina Parkinson, head of early years at Battle Hill Primary School

The “Itkit” aims to equip schools and nurseries with the resources to help quickly spot if any child is struggling to reach age-related expectations. Teachers and support staff are then directed to different cards that contain practical activities to assist the children in overcoming any barriers to learning

Linda, a former teacher who founded LTC four years ago, said: “Systematic early intervention is key to giving children the building blocks they need for a lifelong love of learning. There is no point waiting until children start school at five.”

“We need to identify any developmental problems as early as possible and act on them as quickly as we can. That is what the toolkit aims to do.”

Gina Parkinson, head of early years at Battle Hill Primary School, said: “The children had lots of fun taking part in the Itkit’s activities.

“The toolkit gives us access to Linda and her team’s years of experience and research whenever we need it.”

A report published by charity the Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) found a fifth of children lacked the expected personal, social and emotional development by age five.

A quarter of children were unable to communicate at the level expected for their age, it added.

LTC will officially launch the Itkit at their early years conference called Love to Learn taking place in Newcastle on June 3 this year with keynote speaker Hywel Roberts.

To book a place visit www.learningandtraining.co.uk/conferences/