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Sara

About

I have extensive experience working 'at the coalface' within various roles in Education. Over the last 24 years I have held positions as a Teacher, Key Stage Leader, Senior Leader and Local Authority Moderator and each one has taught me varying skills that have allowed me to grow and develop as a practitioner.

One of my favourite roles was as a Senior Leader where I have provided school-to-school support as a Specialist Leader in Education. This role offered me the ability to support a wider reach of practitioners and work with them to drive improvements for SEND provisions in schools; something I am fiercely passionate about.

I have always been driven by the desire to make a difference to our most vulnerable. I have worked in mainstream schools where there has been a high level of need, including pupils with severe and complex needs. These pupils have needed significant adjustments to allow them to access the educational opportunities that supported them to thrive. They have required professionals who support their family/ carers to advocate for their needs; within a system where resources may not be available or easily accessible. I hope that this is what I have contributed to their educational journey.

Life Before Training

My own educational journey and childhood was challenging. I found learning and access to positive school experiences difficult. Before I went to university, I worked as a Cleaner and was then offered a promotion and worked as a Receptionist. I went back to college and later entered university as a mature student studying Politics and History.

Whilst at university I volunteered at a local school helping children to read. The school was in a high deprivation area and children were facing similar struggles with learning that I had faced. It was suggested that I should become a Teacher, that this was something I was good at (which I had rarely been told) and upon finishing my degree, I applied to do a PGCE in Primary Education. I haven't looked back since.

What key information about SEND should education staff be aware of?

People with additional needs have a love of learning, have strengths that provide valuable resources to a classroom dynamic, and have amazing self-taught strategies of perseverance, resilience, and kindness. Therapeutic understanding and support of their needs will result in the long-term development of prosocial behaviour and tapping into their strengths and amazing qualities. It is important to remember that we are all different and special and will all have an additional need at some stage that requires a helping hand or an adjustment to provide support.

Sara

Qualifications

My qualifications include National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH), Specialist Leader of Education for SEND, Specialist Leader of Education, Masters PG Cert SENDCO, Post Graduate Certificate for Education (PGCE), and BSc Hons Politics and History.

Testimonial

Sara was an excellent trainer. She was very aware of our needs and responded accordingly. She pitched the talk and discussion / activities just right. As a SENDCO herself, she was able to talk from relevant and first hand experience and answered our questions with up to date knowledge. That made a real difference.

Upcoming Courses

  • 21 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Designed to give you a deeper understanding of what FASD is and how to support children who are affected by the condition in your setting. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 12 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Explore how to address and support the unique learning and behaviour needs of children with ADHD. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 29 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Explore SLCN in order to enhance your everyday practice in the classroom. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 19 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Improve your knowledge of PDA, understand what it is and identify strategies that can be used to support individuals with PDA. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 31 Jan 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Improve your knowledge of PDA, understand what it is and identify strategies that can be used to support individuals with PDA. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 15 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Create strategies and develop environmental changes that can identify and manage mental health needs CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 10 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 15:30 BST
    Live Online Training
    Designed to give you a deeper understanding of what Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia are and how to support children in your setting. CPD Certified. £ + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 05 Jul 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Upskill practitioners to navigate themselves through potential behaviour escalation and reflective teaching. CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 24 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 15:30 BST
    Live Online Training
    Explore how to implement inclusive and effective teaching strategies in your classroom, to nurture and advocate for children with SEND needs. CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 24 May 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    Find out about attachment theory and styles and how they can have a direct impact on a child's ​development and behaviour. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 20 May 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Focused on improving autism practice within the classroom, by providing the resources, strategies and interventions needed to implement and achieve effective outcomes. CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 17 May 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Learn how to empower your staff with a unified, focused approach towards improving autism practice within the school. CPD Certified. £185.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 22 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live online training
    This course will empower all staff working in primary, secondary and SEND settings to support children with Down's syndrome. CPD Certified. £145.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 13 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Gain a deeper understanding of what Trauma-Informed Practice is, how to identify children in your setting and implementing a trauma informed approach in your setting. CPD Certified. £145.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 08 Mar 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    Live Online Training
    This training will provide you will a bank of useful strategies that can be used to support individuals with Dyspraxia. CPD Certified. £72.00 + VAT per person. Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 28 Feb 2024, 09:00 – 15:30 GMT
    Live Online Training
    Designed to give you a deeper understanding of what Dyslexia, Dyscalculia & Dysgraphia are and how to support children in your setting. CPD Certified. £ + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 21 Feb 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Identify and understand sensory differences in children as well as equip you with strategies to adapt your setting. CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person. Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
  • 05 Feb 2024, 09:00 – 15:30
    Live Online Training
    Create strategies and develop environmental changes that can identify and manage mental health needs CPD Certified. £125.00 + VAT per person . Any bookings for 5+ delegates please get in touch for a bespoke price.
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