Our Projects

Men in Early Years

We are excited to be working with the Equality and Diversity in Education Fund, CTSA and Alban TSA to lead our Men in Early Years project. The project seeks to provide a support network for men in early years, to increase the number of male teachers and practitioners in the early years and retain these key role models in their professional roles. The project will lead to male educational professionals becoming Men in Early Years champions. We hope to create an ongoing network of peer support where identified champions will be available for schools and settings to contact when recruiting men in early years to ensure they feel well supported and progress in their careers.

SSIF ‘Communicate to Succeed’

Acorns TSA in partnership with Herts for Learning, West Herts Teaching Schools Partnership and The Wroxham TLA are excited to be part of an innovative project, funded by the DfE and Education Endowment Foundation via The Strategic School Improvement Fund.

The project seeks to improve outcomes in writing and maths for children in the Early Years Foundation Stage by developing early communication skills. The FREE programme will aim to raise early years practitioners understanding of strategies to develop rich communication and language skills of Nursery and Reception children. This special opportunity will aim to effectively engage and motivate children in applying good language skills to motivate early writing and mathematical learning experiences.

Maths Mastery




Acorns work closely with the Maths Hub to share best practice in Maths for Early Years. We held a Maths Road show in July 2017, and have since provided valuable Maths Mastery courses as part of our professional development programme.  This course runs over three workshops in Developing Deep Mathematical Learning in Early Years. We are in our second year of running these successful workshops, and feedback has so far been excellent. Link to NCETM website



Alice Sharp Project

This highly successful and unique 12 month programme, led by the inspirational Alice Sharp, looked at how promoting wellbeing and language can help to close the attainment gap.  The programme focused on developing an enriching environment and developing staff confidence to promote creative thinking.

The project came to a close on 5th October with the inspiring Alice Sharp Conference held at Tewin Bury farm. Photographs from the Conference show the settings displays and their work over the12 month project.