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.


Wellbeing Space

15 November 2022 | 15:30 - 15:50 | English | Creating a Coaching Culture in your Early Years Setting to Support Your Early Years Practitioners

When a child starts school, it is the early years practitioner that the parent must trust to look after their child. Practitioners need to form a close bond with every child and make them feel safe and secure in the school environment. To be a successful early year’s practitioner not only do you need to know about pedagogy and how young children learn but you need to be very empathetic, emotionally intelligent, reflective and open yourself up to vulnerability. Whilst the role of an early year’s teacher is extremely rewarding it can also be exhausting as you educate children how to learn, teach them life skills as well as knowledge. Everyday practitioners continue to nurture not just the children in their class but also their parents and each other. In this session I will explore with you how you can very simply create a coaching culture in your school, by taking you through a few simple steps and ideas to enable you to continue to have a successful and happy school.



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.