Amid stiff competition from an exceptional pool of candidates, Jayne Carter, School Effectiveness Adviser at the Lincolnshire Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT), has been appointed an Expert for the local authority area of North Lincolnshire in the Department for Education’s Early Years Covid-19 Recovery Programme. Evidence shows that the earliest years are the most crucial point of child development. As a result of the challenges posed by the pandemic many young children are now experiencing issues in areas such as speech and language, social development, trauma and attachment.
As part of the DfE’s rigorous recruitment process to become an Expert for the Recovery Programme Jayne had to demonstrate a sound knowledge of child development and have a clear understanding of the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and its application in a variety of settings. Jayne will complete specialist training delivered by the DfE’s training partner to enable her to provide both face-to-face and virtual support to early years setting leaders and assist them in helping younger pupils recover from the impact of Covid-19 on their emotional, social and educational development. Her wide-ranging responsibilities will also include supporting settings to build strong relationships with parents and carers, regarded as a key factor in the recovery process, and seeking to narrow the gap between disadvantaged children and others.
A tremendous asset to LAAT’s team, Jayne is ideally qualified for this important role. As well as having over 25 years’ experience as an educational consultant working across a diverse variety of schools and settings, including EY, she is also an award-winning educational writer and has led initiatives to support children’s mental health and wellbeing during the first Covid-19 lockdown.
Jayne says she is looking forward to working with leading practitioners in her role as an Expert in the DfE Programme and to have the opportunity to play a part in the post-pandemic recovery of EY pupils in LAAT schools and the Trust’s wider educational family in local authority schools across North Lincolnshire. Commenting on her appointment she says: “Through this excellent Government-funded initiative we will now be able to offer targeted support, coaching and guidance to setting leaders who are key to addressing the serious impact of this unprecedented public health emergency on our youngest children.”