Every individual has the right to an education that is an appropriate, meaningful and challenging experience.
From the outset, and indeed throughout my career in education, I have endeavoured to make this belief a reality, and have strived to achieve this from senior leadership and full time teaching positions.
As an independent SEND adviser my aim is to work with families and educational providers to help every child and young person have access to the education that they deserve and are entitled to, and ultimately to help
them to achieve their potential.
I am based in Norfolk but work across the
whole of the country.
In October 2021 I hand delivered a letter to Downing Street in an attempt to help secure the special educational needs support that you and your children need, deserve and are entitled to.
I am an experienced and qualified teacher and SENCo with over 20 years of experience working with children and young people, ranging in age from 3 to 19.
I worked in local authority schools for 18 years, in primary, junior and secondary school settings, and have held the positions of class teacher, SENCo, Head of Teaching and Learning, Assistant Headteacher and Inclusion Leader.
In February 2020 I also published my first book
'Just Words...A Story of Hope'.
In July 2020 I published by second book
'LiStEN to me - a guide to help you get the
best SEN support for your child'.
The updated second edition was published in August 2021.
In addition to my formal qualifications, this is a list of just some of the training courses that I have attended and completed.
IPSEA - Level 3 Advanced Law Training
Advanced level law training for professionals advising or supporting families of children and young people with SEND.
National Autistic Society - Autism and sensory experience
A training module exploring the recognition and impact of sensory differences for autistic people and how to provide effective support.
National Autistic Society - Autism, stress and anxiety
A training module exploring the factors that impact on stress and anxiety, in order to provide effective support to reduce the impact of stress and anxiety on autistic people.
An Open University course covering the general issues of children's rights as well as exploring childhood and children's needs.
Equity - law and idea
An Open University course exploring the background of equity and an evaluation of equity in a contemporary economic context.
Exploring equality and equity in education
An Open University course exploring different understandings of equality and equity in education.
Human rights and law
An Open University course covering the international context of human rights and the importance of the Human Rights Act.
An Open University course covering the identification, understanding and management of dyslexia.
Learning how to learn
An Open University course covering the processes by which we learn and the subsequent application of such.
Pivotal behaviour training
Behaviour management training based around five ‘pillars of practice’, including consistent, calm adult behaviour, attention to best conduct, relentless routines, scripting difficult interventions and restorative follow up.
Two sessions covering many strategies around ensuring every young person is given an equality of opportunity to develop socially, to learn and to display safe behaviours.
A training session around the use of Restrictive Physical Intervention in school settings.
A workshop designed to up-skill school staff to deliver ‘worry-buster’ sessions to pupils, a programme that recognises the somatic, emotional, cognitive and behavioural elements of anxiety in children.
Speech and Language
Two training sessions explaining the significance of the communication chain and the communication pyramid.
Parents with Mental Health Issues
A course aimed at school based safeguarding professionals on the extent and impact that parental mental health can have on child welfare.
Designated Safeguarding Leader Training
Local authority training covering responsibilities, legislation and statutory guidance.
Family Support Process Training
A local authority one day event designed to up skill school based professionals to perform the Family Support Process.
A local authority workshop designed to enhance the ability to present and analyse KS1 and KS2 attainment and progress performance data.
SENCO Training – Preparing for the Inspector
Training focused upon developing an ‘Ofsted Data Pack’, facilitating optimal preparedness for an Ofsted inspection.
Local authority PREVENT training for DSL staff.
DSL Safeguarding – Training whole school staff
Local authority training designed to up-skill DSL staff to deliver whole staff training in line with statutory responsibilities.
Designing Your Curriculum
An analysis of the new curriculum for KS2 along with strategies and ideas for deployment in schools.
Engaging Boys in Writing
A local authority one day course presenting and appraising a range of strategies ultimately geared towards raising the achievement of boys writing.
Ofsted Better Literacy and Mathematics Conference
An Ofsted conference featuring a series of writing and maths based workshops presented by HMI, involving the sharing of best practice as witnessed in outstanding schools around the country.
Norfolk County Council Head teacher Induction
A range of workshops covering topics linked to areas including SEND, HR and finance.
The Outdoor Curriculum
Local authority training covering activities that explore the outdoor environment to raise achievement and to support a sustainable ethos in schools.
Philosophy for Children
A two day course presented by Jason Buckley (of P4C) covering the delivery of philosophy in the classroom, through the use of thinking games, collective enquiry and group discussion.
Take One Author
A literacy based programme presented by author Linda Newbery, designed to provide novel ideas for developing both staff and students as writers.
Every Child a Writer
A local authority course and subsequent school based programme designed to foster greater pupil progress during the early stages of Key Stage Two.