Cheryl Gaughan

I began my teaching career in a mainstream infant school 18 years ago and because I was teaching so many children with additional needs I decided to do a Masters in SEN, specialising in Autism. After 8 years and gaining my Masters I decided to apply for a job at Talbot Specialist School and I am now very proud of my role as Assistant Headteacher and also the Director of Fusion SEND Hub. My passion is ensuring all children get the best from their education and that inclusion actually means inclusion; successful, personalised and inspiring. I have worked with various organisations to develop SEND enhancement throughout their programmes including Initial Teacher Training, NQT/RQT, National Professional Qualifications for middle and senior leaders to ensure that SEND is represented and understood by all.

This is also my driver throughout my role as a citywide SENDCo for SEND for Sheffield Local Authority. I have the pleasure of working with mainstream, special, integrated resources units and alternative provisions in EYFS, primary, secondary and Post 16 throughout the city and their staff to offer support, offer advice and develop their knowledge and understanding of how to support children with SEND. 

Talbot Specialist School provides education for young people who have severe and complex learning difficulties. There are currently over 200 students on roll and the numbers do increase year upon year. We offer an aspirational, personalised and multi-sensory curriculum designed to ensure that students are successful and enjoy their learning. Our vision is that our young people are educated to become valued, resilient and fulfilled members of their community and equipped to reach their potential. Fusion TSA is part of Talbot Learning community and since becoming Sheffield’s first specialist school for Cognition and Learning in 2008, Talbot Specialist School has continued to thrive as a Centre of Excellence, becoming a Leadership and Innovation Hub in 2011 and a Teaching School in 2013. We are driven by a strong moral purpose where ALL pupil’s achievements are the concern of us all, regardless of where they learn or the nature of their learning needs. We believe that all pupils have a right to reach their full potential through access to Quality First Teaching, high quality and timely professional development and an ethos that celebrates individual achievement through partnership. In September 2021 Fusion TSA will be re-launched as Fusion SEND Hub and continue to provide support for the South Yorkshire region.