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Areas of expertise
- Early Years Leadership
- Developing practitioners
- Improving provision – review, planning and implementation
- Curriculum development
- Identifying learning in child initiated activity
- Developing strong dispositions for learning
- Working with families
- Creativity across the curriculum
- Supporting professionals to articulate their practice
- Positive workplaces
Leslie believes that all children are competent and capable learners, given the right environment. She is committed to supporting the development of a knowledgeable, reflective and skilled workforce for children in all types of early years settings. She believes deeply in life-long learning and acknowledges that her own knowledge and ability to improve practice has come from the excitement of discovering alternative possibilities and evaluating how to use new ideas effectively. She has gained a great deal from reading, discussion, sharing of practice, studying and observing other institutions both locally and internationally.
Since 2018, Leslie has worked as a freelance consultant. This followed a period of almost eleven years as Headteacher of a maintained Nursery School which she led from Satisfactory to Outstanding by focusing on improving teaching and learning. During this period Leslie became a National Leader of Education and her Nursery School became a lead school of a teaching school alliance. This led to her becoming more widely involved in professional development, supporting struggling schools and settings, and initial teacher training. Before leading the Nursery School, Leslie had many years of experience as a teacher in primary schools where she held several leadership positions.
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