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  • Start date details

    September 2024

  • Closing date

    14 April 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    7 March 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Head of year or phase

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Visas cannot be sponsored

Key stage

Early years

Working pattern

Full time: 32.5

Contract type


Pay scale

Main Pay Scale Plus TLR (depending on experience)

Additional allowances

TLR (depending on experience)

What skills and experience we're looking for

Main purpose

In addition to:

  • Fulfilling the professional responsibilities of a teacher, as set out in the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document
  • Meeting the expectations set out in the Teachers’ Standards

The EYFS leader, under the direction of the Head Teacher, will take lead responsibility of the EYFS to secure:

  • High-quality teaching
  • Effective use of resources
  • Improved standards of learning and achievement for all

Duties and responsibilities

Strategic direction

  • Contribute to the school development plan and school evaluation plan to ensure EYFS has a profile in school strategic development
  • Develop and implement policies for the EYFS in line with our school’s commitment to high-quality teaching and learning
  • Have a good understanding of how well the EYFS is being delivered and the impact on pupil achievement
  • Use this understanding to feed into the school development plan and produce an action plan for the EYFS
  • Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, physical and mental development alongside British values
  • Consult pupils, parents and staff about the EYFS and its effectiveness, and assess the feedback against the school’s vision, values and aims
  • Work with the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) to ensure the curriculum meets the needs of all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities
  • Work with subject leaders to understand how their subject is developed at the EYFS
  • Liaise with the local authority (LA) and the Trust on EYFS-related projects and activities
  • Share outstanding EYFS practice, knowledge and expertise throughout the school as appropriate
  • Make a positive contribution to the wider life and ethos of the school
  • Promote the EYFS within the local community including by giving tours of the environment
  • Develop positive relationships with stakeholders including parents and trustees
  • Collaborate with relevant professional within and beyond the school
  • Stay abreast of EYFS developments

Leading the curriculum

  • Develop and review regularly the vision, aims and purpose for EYFS
  • Monitor changes to EYFS teaching, learning and school improvement, and share with staff as appropriate
  • Oversee the planning of a curriculum that:

- Is diverse and inclusive

- Meets the needs of all pupils and the requirements of the EYFS framework

- Is well sequenced to promote pupil progress towards the early learning goals(ELGs)

-Is effectively and consistently implemented across the EYFS

  • Make sure there is an effective system of assessment that meets the requirements of the EYFS framework and tracks the progress of pupils to check the curriculum has apositive impact on learning
  • Have an overarching responsibility for pupils’ achievement and standards in the EYFS
  • Report on the curriculum and assessment to the Trustees as required

Leading and managing staff

  • Hold regular team meetings on the EYFS to keep staff informed of developments or changes
  • Provide support to staff regarding teaching and learning, resources, and planning in the EYFS
  • Monitor teaching and learning to assess how well the EYFS is being implemented and how well it is delivered across the school
  • Provide feedback to staff based on the above observations to identify training needs and provide continuing professional development (CPD) in the EYFS
  • Take a leading role in inducting new EYFS staff and making sure they uphold expected values and teaching standards
  • Coach and model team teaching
  • Support teachers to make accurate assessments, manage internal and external moderation, and complete external moderation exercises
  • Monitor staff wellbeing, working with senior leaders to address wellbeing challenges as appropriate
  • Provide appraisals to staff in line with the school’s appraisal policy
  • Ensure staffing meets the requirements of the environment

Efficient and effective deployment of resources

  • Create a safe, welcoming environment and take care of the classroom accommodation
  • Audit the indoor and outdoor learning spaces in the EYFS to evaluate the quality of the overall learning environment
  • Ensure resources used are diverse, inclusive and accessible
  • Provide support with classroom displays for the EYFS across the school to ensure they are stimulating, of high quality, and inspire curiosity in pupils
  • Support continuous provision in the EYFS, which allows pupils to play independently and gives them a sense of ownership over their environment
  • Audit, check and manage resources to ensure they are up to date and match pupil and curriculum needs
  • Manage the EYFS budget effectively to ensure it is spent on resources that add value and enhance the learning experience
  • Ensure online programmes are set up effectively and staff are able to use the programmes to good effect


  • Plan and teach well-structured lessons to assigned classes, following the school’s plans,

curriculum and schemes of work

  • Assess, monitor, record and report on the learning needs, progress and achievements of assigned pupils, making accurate and productive use of assessment
  • Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of pupils
  • Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  • Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  • Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  • Participate in arrangements for preparing pupils for internal and external assessments
  • Ensure the environment is set up to meet the needs of the children, requirements within EYFS and are in line with school guidance


  • Work in line with statutory safeguarding policies and our school safeguarding policies
  • Work with the designated safeguarding lead (DSL) and deputies to promote the best interests of children and pupils, including sharing concerns where necessary
  • Promote the safeguarding of all pupils in the school

Personal and professional conduct

  • Uphold public trust in the profession and maintain high standards of ethics and behaviour, within and outside school
  • Have proper and professional regard for the ethos, policies and practices of the school,and maintain high standards of attendance and punctuality
  • Understand and act within the statutory frameworks and internal policies setting out professional duties and responsibilities
Professional Development

  • Participate in the school’s appraisal procedures
  • Take part in further training and development in order to improve own teaching and leadership skills
  • Participate in school professional development

Please note, this is illustrative of the general nature and level of responsibility of the role. It is not a comprehensive list of all tasks that the EYFS leader will carry out. The postholder may be required to do other duties appropriate to the level of the role.

What the school offers its staff

We are looking for a passionate and experienced Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Leader and Class Teacher to join our school community.

We are passionate about the EYFS and believe this is a fundamental stage in a child’s development, building on their prior achievements within the school and ensuring they are flourishing learners when they reach KS1.

Commitment to safeguarding

Thomas’s Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Thomas’s Academy is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff to share this commitment and work in accordance with our child protection policies and procedures. All posts are subject to safeguarding checks, including an enhanced DBS check. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.

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About Thomas's Academy

School type
Academy, ages 3 to 11
Education phase
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School size
219 pupils enrolled
Age range
3 to 11
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Our school is an innovative collaboration between an excellent community primary and a family of four outstanding independent preparatory schools, based in Parson’s Green, London. We are a vibrant and inclusive school with a clear focus on enabling children to become confident, independent and thoughtful learners.

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