- Defining Quality in the EYFS – The Practitioner and Inspector Perceptions
- Requires Improvement? Inspection: Are you ready?
- Evaluating Practice: positive about parents
- Personal effectiveness in the workplace
- Developing quality through leadership
- EYFS: Defining quality within the context of School Inspection
Areas of expertise
Amanda’s career in early years education has been built over the last 20 years, teaching KS1, reception and nursery, including a role as Foundation Stage coordinator in a large primary school.
Amanda spent six years working as an early years improvement consultant, supporting both the maintained, private and voluntary sectors advising across the birth to five remit. Additionally, she gained wide experience in the development of children’s centres, leading a team of children’s centre teachers. Throughout both roles she worked closely with practitioners and developed a range of training and documentation, some of which is featured on the EYFS CD-Rom.
Amanda became Head Teacher of a maintained nursery school & children’s centre in 2009. She is currently, working as an executive head teacher across two maintained nursery schools with active early years teaching centres in Warwickshire. She has a special interest in strategic planning and self-evaluation, inclusion, assessment, & effective leadership. Amanda is a trained section 5 Ofsted inspector and is able to support settings, schools and children’s centres with their SEF, Development Plans and in conducting one day reviews as a pre-Ofsted check.
Amanda recently contributed a chapter on leadership and management to our recent publication for head teachers and senior leaders: Achieving Excellence in the Early Years.