Special Education Needs (SEN)
Courthouse Green Primary School
I am currently working as an Assistant Head at Courthouse Green Primary with responsibility for Inclusion and SEND. I have a background in special needs having worked for the Speech and Language Education Service within a mainstream school, as well as setting up an inclusion base with a mainstream primary school and an outreach service.
I have been Special Educational Needs Coordinator for 4 years working as part of a school which has moved from special measures to good (June 2013) and have enjoyed leading this aspect of our school development working with professionals in my own and other schools. I strongly believe that all children are individuals and have the right to be treated as such. Policy and practice should allow all our children, no matter what their ability, to overcome all and any barriers to learning and personal development to ensure they achieve their full potential. I believe that the skills and knowledge we give our children should equip them to be the best they can be and to be happy, confident members of society with high aspirations. This inspires me to want to support colleagues to develop their leadership in order that it makes positive changes to their school’s policy and practice so that it achieves better outcomes for SEND pupils.
Although we are entering a time of change within schools with the new SEND code of practice, the new curriculum and assessment without levels, I believe that if we continue to place the children at the heart of all we do, and continue to support and grow ourselves and others, we can ensure that all children can be the very best that they can.