Catherine Needham

After completing my degree in English Language and Linguistics at Sheffield University, I struggled to choose between teaching and speech and language therapy. I chose teaching but have always had a special interest in speech and language therapy, working closely with therapists in school and delivering interventions. I have worked in primary schools in both Rotherham and Sheffield over the last 15 years. As a class teacher, I appreciated the help an advice given to me in relation to teaching children with a wide variety of special needs, to help them thrive in my classes and learned a great deal from various different professionals. I completed the SENDCo qualification in 2016, further adding to my knowledge and expertise. I pride myself in knowing and understanding the pressures of teaching in the classroom today and therefore offering advice that is achievable and practical for all involved.

I started in my role as Consultant teacher In SEND in September 2021 and I am passionate about being able to disseminate my own knowledge and the knowledge of the team to a wide range of schools across the area. It is a privilege to work with children in a 1:1 setting and really get to know their strengths and needs. I also really enjoy running workshops and training for staff members to help them improve the quality of provision for all children but particularly those with Special Educational Needs.