Caz Jude

Head of Early Childhood

The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls

I have over 30 years’ experience as a teacher headteacher and educational leader, primary in the early years. I originally trained as an early year’s teacher at Nottingham Trent University and have a Master’s in Education (Leadership and Management), as well as the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH). I am a qualified executive leadership coach and mentor and support leaders in education. I was a Lead Practitioner on the development of the Foundation Stage Profile in the UK, as well as a Lead Mathematics Teacher. I was Head Teacher of a four form entry infant and nursery school in the UK. Working in partnership with staff and all stakeholders we ensured that it was graded as outstanding within three years of my headship. I am a registered Ofsted Inspector and have carried out inspections in the UK and the Middle East. I am also an accredited British Schools Overseas reviewer. In 2010 I moved to the Middle East and worked as an Education Director supporting leadership teams and Principals in a variety of schools in the UAE. I have previously worked in China. In 2015 I was delighted to be Founding Vice Principal (Head of Primary) for GEMS Wellington International School Qatar. I trained coached and mentored teachers to deliver high quality learning for all children with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning and building resilience in young children. I am currently Head of Early Childhood at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls in Abu Dhabi.


16 November, 2022 | 12:20 to 13:00
Early Years Panel Session: Lessons learnt: the way forward for Early Years Settings


After the tumultuous past three years when early years settings have had to drastically change their practice, many early years leaders are taking stock of where they are now. Change is inevitable and we know the best settings are always looking at ways to improve on the previous best, but what happens when massive and sudden changes are imposed? Practice has been impacted in all areas of practice from the curriculum to staffing. This panel session discusses what this means for early years settings and how we can learn lessons and emerge stronger and more resilient.