Foundation Stage Manager
Posted 13 March 2004 - 08:32 PM
Any help greatly appreciated
Posted 13 March 2004 - 09:15 PM
Iam the foundation stage/ reception coordinator in my school.
We also are working on coordinator files and the first thing I need to do is to establish whether or not my head wants a FS policy. We have had mixed messages about what is required and I must pin her down on this and sort it if we do.
We have 3 classes each with 30 children, a NN & a part time Lsa. Plus SEN support for named children so quite a large staff to coordinate and 1 is causing me mega grief at the moment. I have 1pm each week as release time and need to get into the classrooms to get to know the children and see the staff working together before profiles loom even larger!
My manangement role needs to be redefined for me too as I keep finding myself uncertain of exactly what power or influence I actually have.
I am more than willing to converse with you and if we can help one another thta would be great.
Children are like snowflakes, each one is an individual.
Posted 14 March 2004 - 08:46 AM
I am also phase manager- 2 reception plus nursery
When we had OFSTED, we were given an agreed format for our coordinators files- I thought this was quite common practice but it apears not. I would be happy to send you a copy of the contents page if you would like.
Off the top of my head it includes things like policies, action plan, performance managemenet, monitoring, assessments info, long term plans, reports to governing body, training that staff have been on and budget info. I have a separate file for plannng. I sure I have left somethings out.
I hope that you are being given some NC time to do this ( I dont get any).
If you are new to the role, Im sure that your head will understand this and let you take it gently
Posted 14 March 2004 - 09:01 AM
Co-ordinator. We have a nursery and one reception class. We also have just got a Neighbourhood Nursery.
As FS Iam responsible for:
Foundation Stage Policies - These are in one booklet with a policy for each ELG area and also entry policies. (Other Policies such as SEN, Behaviour, Child Protection are whole school policies so just cross referenced.)
Monitoring teaching and learning. I do one area each term - not much non-contact time so I have to fit it in around the day.
Liaising with Neighbourhood Nursery team with our nursery teacher and Headteacher. Once a month.
Drawing up the FS Action Plan (with FS team) and monitoring its progress for the school development plan.
Annual talk with my curriculum governor reporting on progress.
Occasional invite to governor's curriculum meeting to talk about an issue they wish to know about. Last one was about the FS Pupil Profile
Member of SMT
Identifying staff training needs.
Internal moderation of assessment profiles etc.
FS practitioner meetings.
Parent information booklets.
Organising talks to parents.
Keeping up to date on practice.
Think that is about it. Sounds onerous but it isn't really once things begin to get into place and if you work as a team.
You need your action plan, and if you have OFSTED it is important to know your strengths and weakness and have a plan to show how you will deal with them. If you have a lot to do your action plan shows when it is to be done, and that will be spread over several years, so prioritise.
Hope this helps. :D
Posted 14 March 2004 - 01:13 PM
Posted 14 March 2004 - 10:47 PM
When I was looking in detail at encouraging writing I set up a pro-forma of everything I was looking for and just jotted down evidence for discussion. I asked the literacy co-ordinator to look at me using the same format.
We also use a continuous profile so looking at that, especially when the children are ready to come to reception gives us an idea of strengths and weaknesses, and we try to improve in those areas. I have to say that sometimes what we try doesn't make a huge amount of difference! So back to the drawing board.
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