Early Years

Claire Hartung - Early Years

As a foundation stage leader, Claire’s strategic leadership and management of the Early Years foundation stage has ensured high levels of attainment through the development of outstanding teaching and learning. As a Peer to Peer mentor for the LEA she has successfully supported colleagues in other schools in the development of planning, assessment, phonics and early writing. She is passionate about the learning environment and strives to make sure all children are motivated to reach their full potential and inspired to learn.

Sue Munday - Early Years

Sue is the Deputy Headteacher at Northfleet Nursery School. She leads the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum in Mathematics and Understanding of the World. She is also the SENCO. Sue has expertise in planning, observing, recording and assessment in the Early Years.

She is experienced in motivating staff, building their leadership skills, through exploring and sharing good practice to achieve improved outcomes for children.

Sue is a Senior Mentor and Link Tutor in the School Direct Initial Teacher Training programme in partnership with the University of Greenwich. She is experienced in supporting and successfully developing trainees and new entrants to the profession alongside school mentors.

Caroline Parkin – Early Years

Caroline is the Head of Early Years at Oakfield Community Primary School and has supported a variety of teachers in their role as class teacher over the last few years.  She believes that young children learn best in environments that provide opportunities for discovery, risk taking, problem solving, thinking and independence.  Her role at Oakfield involves leading a team of colleagues to raise standards of teaching and learning opportunities across Nursery and Reception.  She trains staff to develop their knowledge of free flow provision both indoors and outdoors, and in raising awareness of effective learning, adult engagement and child involvement. 

Michelle Minchin - Primary 

Michelle Minchin, EYFS Leader in Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Dartford has been a teacher for over 20 years and has had responsibility for several roles across the primary range, although the majority of her experience has been within the EYFS.

This role sees her working closely with a team of colleagues, raising standards by delivering a personalised curriculum which allows all children to make good or better progress. She has also worked closely with colleagues in local schools on a variety of shared interests, ensuring the pedagogy of EYFS good practice is embedded in all settings. She maintains self-evaluation and impact analysis through the coaching and CPD of staff.

Sarah Gill - Primary

Sarah has been teaching at The Brent Primary School for several years; holding a specialism in Early Years.  She has vast experience of leading, and teaching, in the EYFS, wih a particular focus on the use of the school's outdoor space and child-initiated learning.  For the last 8 years she has been an integral part of the Senior Leadership Team leading The Brent Primary School from a 'Requires Improvement' Ofsted grade to 'Outstanding' in four years.  Having successfully taught in the EYFS, KS1 & 2 she has a thorough understanding of the whole Primary Curriculum.

Sarah's area of expertise has been developed through a deep interest in child development and approaches to learning.  She has attended, and led, training linked to the EYFS and worked with a number of schools to develop their EYFS practice.  She is passionate about high standards of teaching and learning and is committed to building strong relationships.  She has experience working with Tapestry and SIMs to successfully monitor progress and attainment; having developed and refined data tracking systems within the EYFS, to effectively accelerate pupil progress.

She has recently mentored NQTs to develop their EYFS practice and skills.  This has resulted in high leavels of progress and attainment across the EYFS, as well as it being recognised by Ofsted as 'Outstanding'.

As Assisstant Headteacher, Sarah is currently leading the EYFS, and Year One, during the school's expansion to 3 form entry.  With responsibility in the school for supporting and mentoring NQTs, Sarah is skilled in developing others.  She has worked with the Senior Leadership Team to embed a coaching and mentoring approach to observing and supporting Teaching and Learning within school, which was instrumental to creating the outstanding learning environment.

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