Shadsworth Infants School
I have been the Early Years Foundation Stage (TLR) Lead and part of the Senior Leadership Team, at Shadsworth Infants School, for the past two years and lead a team of skilled Early Year’s Teachers and TA’s. Together we have successfully raised attainment in the foundation stage and continue to raise our Good Level of Development, year on year.
I have facilitated this role through modelling of quality first teaching, careful tracking and monitoring of progress, training and coaching of staff and developing a close and supportive team. I continue to lead change for the better of the school, the children and the team, whilst embedding and sustaining our high quality level of provision.
As part of the SLT I have also helped to raise attainment in KS1 through joint lesson observations, book scrutinies and feedback to staff. I have also coached colleagues and helped to enable them to further develop their own expertise. I hold regular performance management reviews for TAs, set targets and arrange CPD where required.
I am currently participating in the Putting Heads Together Again (PHTA) programme, where I am able to learn from some of the fantastic Head teachers and Leaders in our schools today. I attend frequent workshops and training opportunities through this programme. I have worked closely with a leading FOCUS consultant and Language for Life consultant (LfL) and was the LfL link for school. I am also part of a SIG group for the Early Years, where we share good practise, support one another and carry out moderations of specific areas of learning.
I also mentor teaching, college and work placement students and work closely with facilitators to provide in-house support, training, observations and feedback, where needed. I am also a fully trained Reading Recovery teacher, which has given me a greater insight into how children learn to read and continue to use elements of the programme in my everyday practise.
As you can see I draw on a wide array of skills, expertise and knowledge and continue to update my own practice. I am keen to share this with colleagues and to promote the ethos of the EYFS through collaboration, enhancing provision and enabling environments. I look forward to supporting colleagues on their journey and know that by working together we can succeed in providing high quality education for our children.