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Leadership and Support and Personal Practice

iStock_000016897535_SmallWhat is Leadership  and what is Personal Practice?

To achieve your Early Years Teacher Status you need to demonstrate your own practice and how you lead and support your colleagues.

To do this well, you need a good understanding of the difference between leadership and personal practice in this context.

For example, leading a group activity does not count as ‘leadership’, unless you were modelling the activity for a practitioner or student.

Leadership is about how you inspire your colleagues to develop their own practice, and personal practice is about your work with individual children and groups of children.

If you are in a management role, you need to clarify the difference between management and leadership so that you only evidence your leadership role. You might find it helpful to read up on this and there are several excellent texts on leadership in the Early Years available.

Tip 1: Managers
often find it difficult to separate out their leadership and management responsibilities in the context of Early Years Teacher Status.

Try to summarise for yourself the difference between a leader and a manager: any points you list under ‘leader’ you can use as evidence.

Tip 2: If you are a manager, you need to make sure that you have enough of the appropriate type  of personal practice. Covering for staff absences may not provide adequate evidence for some Standards, for example, set goals that stretch and challenge children and support children through a range of transitions.

If you do not have regular contact with a specific group of children you may need to plan a regular ‘placement’ experience with the required age group/s.

You need to evidence a range of leadership skills
to achieve your Early Years Teacher Status so as to meet Standard 8.

These skills can range from asking stimulating questions and contributing to staff meetings right through to mentoring and modelling good practice and leading formal staff INSET events.

If you are not in a management position
 you might feel uncomfortable taking on a leadership role, but you will need to do this to meet Standard 8. Reading about leadership styles can help you find a style that suits you, one that feels natural and comfortable for you.

Coaching support on developing leadership skills is available on request.

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