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LAURA THOMPSON, Standards Executive Officer for EYFS

As the Trust lead professional for EYFS, Laura works in close partnership with the CEO and the Trust leads for Standards and Inclusion. With over 20 years' experience in this area, Laura has a passion for Early Years and proactively drives school improvement for both EYFS and phonics across the Trust. This is delivered through working collaboratively with the Leadership teams in identifying areas for development, working closely with teaching teams, commissioning and delivering evidence based professional development.

A key aspect of Laura’s role is supporting staff at all levels to strengthen high quality pedagogy and deliver a responsive curriculum that sets firm foundations for learning beyond EYFS. Laura works strategically with leaders and teachers around the planning, delivery and development of the Early Years framework. Laura is committed to ensuring that all of the youngest children in the Trust are in receipt of highly effective pedagogy and are given the opportunities to learn through purposeful play in order to develop confidence, resilience and the curiosity to become lifelong learners.

Laura has worked within the primary sector within both maintained and multi academy Trusts across Essex and Kent as a EYFS teacher, EYFS Area Lead, EYFS County moderator and Senior Leader. Laura also continues to support schools outside of the Trust with EYFS leadership and improvement.