Education Policy Institute

We currently share a host of writing and research projects, including a bid under review to support in-depth research into Continuing Professional Development (CPD) across the Early Years (EY) sector.

The aim of the Education Policy Institute (EPI) is to raise standards in education through rigorous data analysis, research and the exchange of information and knowledge to help inform the public and hold government and decision-makers to account. You can read more about EPI on their website.

Men in the Early Years (MITEY) network and campaign

We’re in ongoing dialogue with the MITEY network and campaign and we’re hoping to host MITEY’s 2021 conference at Middlesex University.

MITEY is a network and campaign that was created in order to support and promote men taking up roles in the early years sector. Currently only 3% of the English EY workforce is male. This is deeply concerning given that we know that children form gender stereotypes early in life depending on what they see around them. If they only see women doing caring, they might wrongly assume that only women can care. Bringing more men into the early years might also help to relieve some of the current pressure on the sector, with workforce struggles of recruitment and retention that impact negatively on quality. By increasing the pool of applicants for any role, there is the opportunity to ease some of these struggles.

Read more about MITEY on their website.

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

LEYF has worked with CERS and the Education Department at Middlesex University in various ways. Most recently, Mona Sakr from CERS is working with June O’Sullivan (CEO of LEYF) on a series of research and writing projects looking at the concept of social leadership in early years.

LEYF is a social enterprise group of 39 nurseries across London. As a social enterprise, LEYF is committed to supporting all children regardless of background to access high quality early years education. You can find out more about LEYF through their website.

BELMAS: British Education Leadership, Management & Administration Society

Member of the Childhood and Society SIG, Dr Mona Sakr, is a co-convenor of the Early Years Leadership Research Interest Group in BELMAS. The group bring together practitioners and researchers united in their desire to further our understanding of leadership across the Early Years sector.

The British Educational Leadership, Management and Administration Society (BELMAS) is an independent voice supporting quality education through effective leadership and management.

Find out more about BELMAS here.