Special Educational Needs Teaching Assessment and Advice
We have experience in both mainstream and specialist provision. Having worked as Local Authority specialists for many years, we have developed extensive knowledge and skills in supporting Children and Young People with SEND to access the curriculum.
We are passionate about the successful inclusion of children and young people and our aim is to support schools to achieve this successfully.
In my capacity managing the Communication and Learning Difficulties team of a Local Authority Specialist support service, I gained a valuable insight into the needs of schools in supporting pupils with SEND. As a former SENCo in school I have an excellent knowledge of the role and have used this extensively as a Specialist teacher. I enjoy supporting schools and the varied roles that brings; I particularly enjoy training staff to ensure they can develop their own knowledge and skills around SEND. My passion for maths, as a former maths co-ordinator led me to follow this interest and develop my knowledge of Dyscalculia – completing a Postgraduate Certificate in this area of specific learning difficulties.
I have held the Competence in Educational testing since 2013 and the acquisition of my AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) accreditation and APC (Assessment Practising Certificate) has now qualified me to diagnose specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
I have a wealth of experience assessing and teaching pupils with a range of needs. I am enjoying continuing my assessment, support and advisory role within SENTAA Ltd to ensure schools have access to the support they require.
My interest in SEND began in 1996 when, as an English Coordinator at a Worcestershire Primary School, I wanted to come to a better understanding of why children struggled with reading and writing. This prompted me to gain my Certificate in The Education of those with Specific Learning Difficulties at Worcester College. In my next role as a teacher of children with speech and language impairment at an ARC in Solihull I obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Language and Communication Impairment in Children from Sheffield University. This led to my appointment as Teacher of Communication and Learning Difficulties in the Specialist Support Service of a Local authority where I developed an extensive knowledge of SEND and trained to achieve Qualified Reading Recovery Teacher status and Competence in Educational Testing.
I now hold both AMBDA (Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association) accreditation and an APC (Assessment Practising Certificate) allowing me to diagnose specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.
SENTAA Ltd continues to successfully offer a wide range of support to Schools and Academies.