I have been a teacher for almost 17 years and have taught in schools in Sheffield, Mansfield and Leicester. I have taught in KS1 and KS2 and have also had a variety of roles including KS1 Lead, Maths Co-ordinator, Acting Deputy Head, Safeguarding Lead, SENCo, EAL Champion and Senior Assistant Head for Inclusion. I have also worked as one of the Lead SENCo’s for Locality B in Sheffield which has helped me gain a greater understanding of working across both primary and secondary schools to meet the needs of children with SEND.
Throughout all of these roles, my main passion and focus has been working with children with SEND. I completed my SENCo Award after becoming SENCo in 2010 and shortly after I completed a Postgraduate qualification in supporting children with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) to help me support young people to learn effectively and to help teaching staff to meet their needs.
Along with an interest in Dyslexia, I am a passionate believer in the importance of supporting the child as a whole including their mental health and wellbeing. I led the Healthy Minds project within my last school, have completed a Mental Health First Aid qualification and am a Trauma Informed Practitioner. I have also set up and led a Nurture group and have delivered workshops at the annual Yorkshire Nurture Network conference.
I joined Fusion SEND Hub as a Consultant Teacher in January 2022 and am really looking forward to working with children and staff in different schools and using the skills I have gained working in challenging environments to support Quality First Teaching and provision for SEND pupils.