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GESS Talks Webinar 27: The Changing world of Early Years Education providing a foundation for the future

Join us for an insightful webinar. Discover innovative approaches and strategies to strengthen early childhood education. Our expert speakers will share research and practical insights to help educators and parents navigate these transformative times. Don't miss this chance to enhance your understanding and impact the future of early years education.

 

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Speakers:

 

Chairperson: Pam Mundy - Executive Director - PamMundy Associates Ltd

Pam is a highly experienced K-12 education professional, internationally renowned author and keynote speaker with global recognition for her specialism in the development of Early Childhood Education and Care, international education, school review and accreditation, inspection, analytical due diligence and school start up projects in a variety of diverse locations such as; Africa, SE Asia, the Gulf region (including significant projects in Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE and Qatar). She recently completed four years as Director of Schools and Education for the NEOM Education, Research and Innovation Sector, leading education development and school start up in the new giga city of NEOM, Saudi Arabia. Pam operates at both strategic and executive level for a wide range of international school groups, businesses, and educational organisations. She is currently working on variety of high-net-worth education development projects, including the expansion of British schools into North and South America, UAE, Saudi Arabia, West Africa, Vietnam, India, Japan and Singapore.

Other previous Executive roles include international posts as; Senior Associate to the Rashid and Latifa Schools Design Team Task Force in Dubai, Director of Education for Dar Al Marefa Schools Dubai, Chief Academic Officer for Knightsbridge Schools International and Director for Quality Assurance and Professional Development for World Class Learning/British Schools of America (now part of the Nord Anglia Education Group) based in Houston, Texas. Pam also holds positions on UK and international Education Boards and a variety of international Ministry of Education Select Committees and ground-breaking international educational research groups. She is a Founding and Advisory Board Member of the international Businesswomen in Education network and a member of the Worldwide Women Association. She was honoured to be short-listed by the Lead 50/50 organisation as ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year, 2022’ and to be named as one of the 40 Outstanding Global Women by the Think Global organisation. Her most recent publication, the co-authored ‘International Schools: Navigating Leadership Culture and Context’ (Fulton Books) was released in January 2024.

May Zalat - Head of Education - Blossom Nurseries, Babilou Family

As the Head of Education at Babilou Family, May has over 15 years of experience in leading, training, and coaching early childhood educators to deliver inclusive, high-quality, and evidence-based learning programs. May is responsible for overseeing the curriculum development, staff development, and quality assurance of the qualifications at the Inspire Me Training, a subsidiary of Babilou Family that provides accredited and bespoke training solutions for educators and parents. She is also a certified Positive Discipline Parent Coach and a Certified Positive Discipline for Special Needs Coach, with a diploma in Quality Assurance in Education and a diploma in Montessori Teacher Education. May has a passion for empowering educators, parents, and children to create positive and meaningful learning experiences that foster growth, diversity, and joy. She has collaborated with various organizations and individuals to provide coaching and training on topics such as inclusion, communication, behavior management, early childhood, children's development, and neuro-linguistic programming. May is also a proud advocate for Down syndrome awareness and inclusion as a public speaker, and been a finalist in several awards for my contribution to education, including the Empowering Women in Education 2021 and the GESS Awards finalist in 2021 and 2022.

Lara Hudson - Director of Early Childhood Centres and Development - Innoventures Education

Lara is the Director for Early Childhood Centres and Development for the Innoventures Education and brings depth and experience to her role. She has worked across a range of early years curricula and has a background in training and government consultancy. A highly experienced early years professional, Lara has more than 20 years’ experience in the UAE education sector and over 25 years internationally. Lara provides the vision, leadership, and management necessary to ensure proper operational controls, administrative policy, reporting procedures and people systems are in place to effectively grow Innoventures Education’s early childhood centres, ensuring financial strength and operational efficiency.

Caz Jude - Head of Early Childhood - The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls and a Leadership Coach

Caz is a highly experienced headteacher and education leader with over 30 years experience, renowned for her work in early years education both in the UK and internationally. She trained as an early years teacher at Nottingham Trent University and holds an M Ed in Leadership and Management, an ILM L7 leadership coaching and mentoring qualification at masters level. She has also achieved the renowned National Professional Qualification for Headteachers (NPQH).
Caz is currently working as an Early Years Headteacher at The Sheikh Zayed Private Academy for Girls. She also works as a leadership coach, mentor, inspector, and NPQ facilitator. She enjoys supporting others to grow and develop.

She was a Lead Practitioner on the development of the Early Years Assessment processes in the UK, as well as a Lead Mathematics Teacher. She was Head Teacher of an outstanding early years school in the UK and in her last inspection leadership and management were graded as outstanding. She trained as an Ofsted Inspector, carrying out inspections in the UK and the Middle East. She is also an accredited British Schools Overseas inspector.

Dedicated to fostering inclusive learning environments Caz specialises in supporting early years teachers and leaders from diverse backgrounds and cultures. Her approach is characterized by empathetic listening, trust-building, compassion, and the cultivation of mutual respect among team members.

Passionate about global best practices in early years education, Caz consistently seeks innovative approaches to enrich learning experiences. She championed the integration of the Walker Learning Programme from Australia into her current school, emphasising play-based learning and language acquisition for bilingual learners. This holistic approach prioritises the assessment of learner behaviours alongside academic skills, ensuring a comprehensive educational experience.

Driven by her unwavering commitment to every child's right to a high quality education, Caz constantly challenges herself with a simple yet profound question: "Would I like to be a child in this class?"

Caz in her spare time enjoys exercise and is a keen runner, her greatest achievement was running a marathon. Caz has a passion for travel and learning about different cultures and customs. further enriching her perspective and understanding of the world.