I am one of two Assistant Heads at Bowker Vale and have responsibility for leading the Specialist Support Centre for children with EHC plans naming a specialist provision for SEMH. I have been at Bowker Vale since September 2011 and an SLE since July 2016. I am also a Designated Teacher for LAC and a member of the Designated Safeguarding Team.
I originally trained as a secondary teacher with an English specialism and worked in a high school for four years. I then made the transition to primary, with lead responsibility for developing a new provision for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children either at risk of, or permanently excluded from school. I worked in this provision for nearly three years and developed an extensive knowledge of curriculum planning for children with SEND, in particular in the area of SEMH. In addition to leading and teaching within this provision, I also wrote and delivered the programme for the Primary Support Centre, a twelve session intervention for children at risk of permanent exclusion. Through delivery of the programme alongside specialist TAs, I delivered a CPD programme for teachers and teaching assistants in Manchester schools who attended the Primary Support Centre with the children they supported. The CPD programme included visits to other schools and meetings with teaching and senior members of staff, offering advice on best practice for children attending the Primary Support Centre.