Rebecca Howell

Head of FS

Tell us about your background in Education.

I knew from a very early age that I wanted to be a teacher…following in the footsteps of my mum who has recently retired after teaching for over 40 years! I went straight from school to study teaching for four years at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2008 with a First Class Degree in Primary Education with Qualified Teacher Status.

I am passionate about Early Years education and have spent my 11-year UK teaching career working in Foundation Stage One, Foundation Stage Two and Year One in several primary schools in the United Kingdom. As well as my class teacher role, I have also worked as ‘Head of Foundation Stage’ and ‘Early Years Lead’ and have had responsibility for leading Literacy and Special Education Needs. 

What would you say is your teaching mantra/ethos?

“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn”. 

As children are naturally motivated to play, I see the value of play as a context for learning as it allows children to explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in their own original and imaginative ways. I firmly believe that it is at this early stage of a child's education that we can ignite their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and equip them with the tools they need to become successful lifelong learners.

What would you list as your teaching achievements?

I was appointed Early Years Lead in 2015, my role included supporting practitioners across a consortium of eight schools to improve their practice. I was also able to work closely with teaching students from local universities – I loved having the opportunity to support the next generation of teachers.  

Who inspires you now?

I am inspired by people who stand up for what they believe in and support positive change – this includes those on a global platform and my colleagues at school. I think it is so important that we use our ‘voice’ to make this world a better place, and also that we empower the children in our schools to use their voices to elicit change.

Tell us about your journey to becoming the Head of FS at WPS.

I moved to Dubai in August 2019 to join the WPS team as a Foundation Stage Two class teacher. Although it hasn’t been the most conventional of years, I have enjoyed becoming part of such a wonderful team and am so proud of how we rose to the challenge of providing high quality online learning experiences during remote learning. I am thrilled to be taking on the role of Head of Foundation Stage for this new academic year.

Why is the Foundation Stage so important for the children of WPS?

The Foundation Stage at WPS offers our youngest learners the best possible start to their learning journey. Our child-centred approach nurtures each child, supporting them to reach their potential by following their own path. Our inspirational teachers and stimulating environments allow for the knowledge, skills and understanding in the seven areas of learning to be delivered in a holistic manner, through interesting topics that capture a child’s imagination.

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