South East England
I have always been drawn to working with children and young people with social and emotional difficulties. My degree in Psychology and the consequent opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in a specialist weekday residential school for children with these needs is possibly where my passion began and what triggered my desire to qualify as a teacher.
Whilst training to become a teacher, I spent considerable time working in some particularly challenging areas of London. I went on to start my NQT year in a specialist setting in South East London that catered for children with Behavioural, Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD). Here we used the Nurture model to form the foundations of a whole school model. Here I also led the Complex Needs Class where I gained greater experience working with children on the autistic spectrum.
I have since worked in a range of mainstream and specialist settings both here in the UK and in Australia, with children and young people ranging from infant to secondary age and have continued to embrace therapeutic approaches and nurturing principles wherever I go. More recently I chose to take on the challenge of setting up a nurture provision in Nottingham.
I started my time in Nottingham as a Nurture teacher, setting up a nurture group from grass roots in a large primary school in a particularly deprived area. Following the success of this group, I went on to set up a second group for the younger cohort. Both groups were described by Ofsted as modelling exemplary practice and we began to share our practice with other schools. As the Nurture Lead and SENCO, I went on to support schools in the locality and our nurture provision began to be accessed by children from other schools as enhanced provision.
I now work as an independent SEN Inclusion Consultant based in West Sussex, supporting schools to avoid exclusion and embrace re-inclusion, and continue to be a passionate advocate for both nurture groups and nurturing principles therein. I am therefore extremely proud to be part of nurtureuk, promoting good practice across the region. If I can help you in any way, please do get in touch via email.