Adele Ghai - Deputy Head, The Castle Nursery School

Adele is currently Deputy Head of The Castle Nursery school, part of the Federation of Crigglestone and The Castle Nursery schools in Wakefield.

Adele has worked with Early Years children for over twenty years in various roles and across a range of catchments and diverse communities.

As Foundation Stage Coordinator within a large Primary School in an area of high deprivation Adele led a team of practitioners to develop quality areas of Continuous Provision and to improve attainment in early reading and writing. During this role the Early Years Improvement Team requested her support as CLLD Lead Practitioner where she supported another school to raise standards in early reading and writing through coaching and delivery of training on Letters and Sounds

During her time as Children’s Centre Teacher Adele supported the Children’s Centre Manager and other key members of staff to understand the relevance of Early Years Education within the Core Offer and its impact on Children Centre KPIs. This role combined with being Lead ECAT practitioner, required Adele to support a wide range of practitioners and leaders linked to the Children’s Centre; Managers of PVI settings and Foundation Stage staff in the three Primary Schools in the reach area. The main focus of the support was coaching on use of the ECAT materials to develop early language, improving transition and narrowing the gap for the most disadvantaged children.

In her current role she is committed to raising standards and attainment for the most disadvantaged children in the catchment through the introduction of 2 year offer provision at The Castle Nursery School. Adele has been instrumental in creating a safe, inviting and high quality learning environment where children are encouraged to develop their independence and feel confident to learn.

As Deputy Head Adele has planned and led training sessions for both Nursery and Pre-school staff to improve interactions and develop the learning environment. She currently teaches in both Pre-school and Nursery actively coaching and modelling high quality interactions and provision for the team of Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants. More recently she has supported the Qualified Teacher to develop their middle leader role as the school has expanded to include 2 year olds.