I began my career in special educational needs as a Learning Support Assistant, in 1991. Since qualifying as a teacher of English from King’s College, London, in 1993 I have had the opportunity of teaching children with learning difficulties in a variety of settings. Taking on the role of SENCO in my early 20s was a formidable but life changing challenge, eventually leading me into school leadership and specialist provision and finally to Headship in 2007. I was fortunate enough to remain in post whilst studying to develop my own knowledge and understanding of learning difficulties, balancing the training to become an accredited specialist teacher while leading a highly effective school based provision. More recently as a SEND consultant, and as a trainer and author, I have been keen to promote the importance of effective SEND provision and the role of staff training in ensuring equality of access to the best possible education for all children.
Since its founding in 2013 Senworks has provided SEND training and consultancy to a wide range of schools, across phase and in both the independent and maintained sectors. We work alongside SENCOs and school leaders to identify opportunities to improve and enhance provision for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. The process is collaborative rather than judgemental; the aim, to support schools and optimise their impact on pupil outcomes by building upon their existing knowledge, skills and practice.