Shanie Caldecott

Early Years Foundation Stage Leader

Buttsbury Infant School, Billericay

About Me

I have been teaching for many years and worked in Early Years for 7 years. I currently hold the role of Year Group Leader and am a member of the Senior Leadership Team. In this role I have implemented the new EYFS curriculum, increased assessment opportunities and parental involvement, led whole school meetings, carried out book, planning and marking scrutiny, analysed data termly, prepared data for county and identified pupils for targeted interventions. Pupils consistently achieve results above the national average.

I have completed a middle leadership development programme including a gap analysis project to improve boys writing. I have also coached a teacher through the programme and been involved in some joint facilitation of the programme.

I jointly instigated the Billericay Community Trust Foundation Stage teachers group. A supportive group that has a primary focus of improving outcomes for BCT pupils by the sharing of effective practice.

I am experienced in teaching demonstration lessons in phonics for ITT students and staff from other schools. I have worked effectively  to support teaching assistants from an Essex school, particularly focussing on the development of the outdoor area. I have also supported a teacher from an Essex school to improve her quality of teaching. This was achieved through a well-planned supportive model of coaching and mentoring. Actions undertaken included planning, assessment, the understanding of target tracker, preparation for moderation, effective use of the outside area and classroom layout.

I have been a mentor to ITT students, NQTs, early careers teachers and those new to the year group. I have a strong relationship with feeder pre-schools ensuring effective transition.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1
  • ITT & NQT Development
  • Extending the more able in EYFS

Other Areas of Expertise

  • Achieving an effective outdoor area
  • Transition
  • Mentoring