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Our Trainers

Meeting people, sharing ideas and forming partnerships is how we work at Early Excellence – and here are some of the people you will meet as you explore working with us.

* Nikki Walters

Head of Regional Development – North, Scotland and Wales

Nikki Walters
Nikki is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team who shape the work of EEX. Nikki brings with her over 20yrs experience of supporting school improvement, helping to develop quality EYFS and KS1 practice in schools. Previously Nikki taught for 10yrs in both the EYFS and KS1 and worked for Leicestershire County Council as a Senior Improvement Advisor providing support and challenge to childminders, settings and schools. She also led the Early Learning and Childcare Service where she worked strategically to support leaders and managers in Teaching Schools and Multi-Academy Trusts.

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* Phil Armstrong

Head of Regional Development South & International
Phil Armstrong
Phil is our Head of Regional Development for the South of England as well as leading on our work with British International Schools. He is a member of the Strategic Leadership Team who shape the work of EEX. Previously Phil has worked for over 20yrs across the early years and primary sector, including teacher, leader and headship positions. Phil was also the head of an integrated early years centre. With a passion for collaborative practice and professional development; Phil has worked in partnership with early years settings, schools, teaching schools and local authorities to develop and deliver personalised programmes to meet their needs.

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* Sarah Carey

Head of Regional Development Midlands & East
Sarah Carey
Sarah is our Head of Regional Development for the Midlands & East of England and is a member of the EEx Strategic Leadership Team. Sarah brings over 20yrs experience in school improvement having been an EYFS Leader, Assistant Head, Deputy Head and Headteacher. She places high-value on quality CPD, collaboration and support and is a highly-experienced at strategic planning for sustained school improvements. During her successful career, Sarah held many leadership posts in a wide range of subjects including Literacy and Maths and, as an Infant School Head for 7yrs, she led sustained development of teaching and learning, pedagogy and provision achieving significant improvements in outcomes.

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| Andy Burt

Curriculum Consultant & EYFS Trainer

Andy Burt
Andy Burt is a highly experienced EYFS Trainer and a member of the EEX Curriculum Team. Previously an EYFS teacher and school leader, Andy has explored open-ended, creative and innovative approaches to learning over a number of years. Research done in collaboration with Professor Pat Broadhead focusing on Andy’s work in the classroom, led to the exploration of the importance of open-ended role play and the development of ‘whatever you want it to be’ role play areas.

| Matthew Sayer

Curriculum Consultant & EYFS Trainer
Matthew Sayer
Matthew Sayer is a highly experienced EYFS Trainer and a member of the EEX Curriculum Team, having worked in early education for many years. Matthew has taught and led the EYFS and lectured in Early Years at Canterbury Christchurch University. He also has experience as an Early Years Adviser providing advice, support and challenge to local settings and schools across Kent County Council.

| Nova Robinson

Curriculum Consultant & KS1 Trainer
Nova Robinson
Nova Robinson is a highly experienced KS1 Trainer and a member of the EEX Curriculum Team. Nova has taught children from YR to Y6 with roles including Deputy Head and Assistant Head holding responsibility for EYFS and KS1. Her expertise lies in developing a broad and balanced curriculum supported by an effective learning environment that enables children to acquire and apply knowledge through independent work and enquiry. Nova is experienced in peer to peer support and delivering KS1 CPD and training.

Helen Tate

Associate Curriculum Consultant
Helen Tate
Helen Tate is a highly dynamic school leader and trainer whose experiences include teaching in Early Years and Key Stage 1, being part of a school leadership team and a deputy head teacher of a Teaching School. As part of her role as trainer and consultant within the Early Years Sector, she works closely with head teachers, senior leaders and practitioners across a variety of pre-school and school settings, supporting the development of high quality Early Years provision within the Foundation Stage.

Jude Twani

Associate Curriculum Consultant

Jude Twani
Jude is a highly talented early years consultant and trainer. She has a background steeped in Early Years having held a range of roles, first as a YR Teacher and then later as an Early Years Consultant and Children’s Centre Teacher. A trained NVQ Assessor and Ofsted Inspector, Jude has delivered training with BEAM on early years maths and collaborated with Michael Jones as co-author of Let’s Talk About Maths.

Lynda Trueman

Associate Leadership Consultant
Lynda Trueman
Lynda is a highly experienced school leader, advisor and consultant who has worked in the Early Years and Primary Sector for 35 years. She has a strong reputation for supporting school improvement developed through her roles as Headteacher of Primary School, LA Advisor, Head of Early Years & Childcare and School Improvement Partner for Salford Local Authority.

Ruth Swailes

National Leadership Consultant
Ruth Swailes
Ruth has a wealth of experience in primary education with over 20 yrs in Senior Leadership roles including Primary Headship. Ruth has worked as a School Improvement Advisor, Early Years Consultant and moderator in several Local Authorities, supporting leaders and teachers to improve outcomes for pupils. Ruth is passionate about Early Years, having taught Nursery, YR and KS1. She is also a trained Ofsted inspector.

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