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Early Years Foundation Stage Phase Leader

St Helen's SchoolHillingdon

St Helen’s is an academically selective independent girls’ day school of more than 1100 students aged 3-18, set in beautiful green space in Northwood, Middlesex.

We are now seeking to appoint an EYFS Phase Leader to join our Prep Management Team.  The main purpose of this role is to act as lead practitioner for the teachers in the EYFS Phase, to be a means of communication between the Head of Prep, Deputies, Phase Leaders, teachers and TAs to ensure a smooth running of systems in the EYFS Phase.


  • To promote collaboration and work effectively as a team member in own Phase and as one of the Prep School Leadership Team. 
  • To act as a conduit between Phase teachers and TAs and the Head and Deputy Head of Prep School. 
  • To encourage interaction and teamwork within the Prep School and share new ideas and initiatives. 
  • To foster a developed knowledge and understanding of their key stage including how learning progresses within it. 
  • To be flexible and adept at designing learning sequences within lessons and across lessons which match the needs of learners and which integrate recent educational developments. 
  • Have teaching skills which lead to learners achieving well relative to their prior attainment and promote equal opportunities. 
  • To work closely with Subject Co-ordinators to co-ordinate and contribute to Schemes of work ensuring that they focus on effective Teaching and Learning, reflect school policy, meet statutory requirements and include effective assessment procedures. 
  • To work closely with the Deputy Head (Pastoral) on Pastoral issues both within Phase and, where relevant, cross-Phase. 
  • In consultation with the Deputy Head (Operation), to ensure that suitable work is available for supply staff when staff teaching within the Phase are absent and unable to set work. 
  • To work with the Head of Prep and Subject Co-ordinators on the use of pupil data 
  • To act as the first port of call for advice and/or support on academic and pastoral matters. 
  • To oversee the TA involvement and development within their Phase 
  • Meet regularly with subject coordinators to discuss subject specific matters in their Phase 
  • To carry out book scrutinies  in the Phase to ensure consistency 
  • To take a leading role with Head of Prep and Deputy Head (Operations) in assessing pupils for 3+ and 4+ intake to the school. 
  • Contribute to tracking, monitoring and reporting. 
  • Support the Head of Prep by promoting a culture of personal and professional development and assist with the annual professional review process (PDRs).  
  • Teach an allocated timetable.


  • A teaching qualification such as PGCE or equivalent 
  • Evidence of further professional development 
  • Knowledge and experience of how IT can be used to support learning 
  • Knowledge, skills, abilities and experience to be able to explain and demonstrate good classroom practice 
  • Ability to develop rapport with children, parents, and colleagues 
  • Strong leadership qualities and skills 
  • Ability to implement a high-quality, age appropriate curriculum to successfully engage children and foster physical, emotional, cognitive and social development 
  • Effective organisational and planning skills 
  • Effective interpersonal skills 
  • Ability to communicate in a concise and effective manner 
  • Ability to exercise tact, discretion and confidentiality

The successful candidate will: 

  • Be an exceptional classroom practitioner and inspiring teacher 
  • Possess outstanding interpersonal and communication skills 
  • Have excellent time management and organisational skills 
  • Be creative, imaginative and energetic 
  • Be able to motivate others

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