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Brent Teaching School Alliance


  Name: Carys Grom

  Current Position: Leading Practitioner for EYFS

  School Name and Address: Byron Court Primary School,

                                                Spencer Road, Wembley.

  Specialist Area(s): EYFS: Policy, Planning, Leadership,

                                                              Assessment, Provision and Resourcing,


Background Information:

I have been a Primary practitioner in the London Borough of Brent since 1986. I have taught throughout the Primary range and have been Art and Design post holder as well as Science leader. For the past 6 years I have been the EYFS leader at Byron Court and have led my phase through two OFSTED inspections where the outcomes have been graded as ‘good’ leading to ‘outstanding’ (2012). Teachers and Teaching Assistants in the EYFS at Byron Court are consistently graded good and above through our rigorous framework of monitoring and self-evaluation. We have worked together to create a stimulating and lively environment which promotes child initiated learning as well as encouraging the key skills of literacy and numeracy. We track children’s progress through Learning journeys and now electronically using ipads and a software package. We are currently working together with schools in the BTSA to introduce the EYFS baseline materials in our settings.

In 2013-4 I undertook training in ECERS (Early Years Environment Rating Scales) I have since used this to improve the Early Years environment at school and to train others to use the tool to evaluate their practice.

From September 2014 I have worked to set up two Reception bulge classes at Ashley Gardens, a satellite site, to meet the increased demand for school places. This has broadened my skills set giving me the experience of creating an Early Years environment and working with a team of practitioners to address the challenge that bulge classes bring.

I also have many years’ experience in School Governorship in Brent and Harrow and volunteer running workshops with children and families in my own community.

How I can support:

I am very excited by the prospect of being able to share my experience and expertise with others to improve practice and enhance children’s education, as well as drive up standards. Through school to school support I will be able to share my knowledge and skills.

I can provide support with action planning, policy writing, setting up portfolios for assessment and monitoring progress, both written and electronic, support with creating enabling environments through my ECERS training and, new for 2015-6, support with the implementation of the EYFS baseline materials.