About Me

I have 8 years experience working as a teacher within a SEN school, recently leading a satellite class. I have taught a range of ages, mostly aged between EYFS and KS1 however previously I also taught pupils up to year 6. My specialism is working with pupil's with ASD, behavioural needs, communication/ language needs, and ADHD, but have also a large amount of experience with GDD and downs syndrome.

£100 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

My final placement at university was within a local special needs school and although I had no previous experience within this teaching area, I quickly grew to love it.  Whilst my friends would tell me experiences of how their class were learning about the Romans, I found it so much more rewarding hearing a child say their first word, making an early mark or gaining my trust.  I was lucky enough to be offered a job in this school and now have 8 years of experience working with a range of different abilities, and adapting a lesson 10 ways to support each individual need!

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My final placement at university was within a local special needs school and although I had no previous experience within this teaching area, I quickly grew to love it.  Whilst my friends would tell me experiences of how their class were learning about the Romans, I found it so much more rewarding hearing a child say their first word, making an early mark or gaining my trust.  I was lucky enough to be offered a job in this school and now have 8 years of experience working with a range of different abilities, and adapting a lesson 10 ways to support each individual need!

Experience with Autism: I have been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of needs within my experience however most of the pupils I have supported have a diagnosis of ASD. I have enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each individual and their needs. I have also benefited from a wide range of sensory processing training that has provided me with ideas and techniques to best support our pupils with Autism to encourage them to reach their potential. I have previously identified the needs for sensory circuits, visual supports (including first & then boards) and even fidgets (e.g. putty) to meet a child's sensory needs whilst engaging within activities. Developing routine, structure and clear boundaries have been vital within my role so that I can support the child to focus on the learning concept being introduced.  One intervention that I really enjoy using is attention autism, a fun attention building activity that can also reinforce the learning outcome. This has allowed children I have previously worked with to greatly develop their attention, communication and key skills, including play skills.

Communication Support: Throughout the years I have enjoyed the opportunities to attend courses and learn from other agencies and professionals. Although our children sometimes find it tricky to vocalise how they feel, I have enjoyed using PECS/SCERTS approach to PECS and some basic Sign-a-long to support them.  I have built communication systems for my pupils to help them find their voice and communicate their needs or wants, both within class and the community.

Experience with behavioural challenges: Within my career I have experienced a range of behaviours and identified strategies of how to best support these. It important that relationships with parents/carers are also formed so that a consistent approach can be used to encourage success. I believe that a behaviour normal arises as a result of a need that the child may struggle to otherwise express. I am not afraid to support with behaviours and (hopefully!) identify how to reduce these.

Forming friendships: Some of the children I have worked with have struggled within their previous setting and therefore a holistic approach has been key to helping successful learning.  I've planned many lessons around a child's specific interests (including gaming and pudsey bear!) to gain their attention and let them know I am on their side.  I am a firm believer that it is not until a child feels secure within a environment that the best outcomes can be achieved.  I have previously taught lessons hiding under a table with a child was their safe space!

Developing early skills: Without firm foundations, it is impossible to secure progress. I enjoy using a range of motivating non-conventional activities, such as "Write Dance" or "dough disco" to develop fine motor skills  which can later aid writing or even tying shoe laces! I enjoy being creative within activities so that children are provided with memorable experiences to continue their later learning. In 2020 I attended a phonics course and it has been so exciting to implement this in class, and hear some of our pupils start to recognise their sounds or even read!

Promoting independence and life skills: I find it really important to foster children's independence and whilst it can make some activities longer, the benefit of this is lifelong and potentially some of the most important learning we can do. When a class starts with me I notice that sometimes getting changed for PE can take longer than the actual PE lesson, as I use backwards chaining to encourage the child to learn these life skills. Luckily, this doesn't last for long and it is so rewarding to hear from parents that they are also noticing how this has helped at home too! I am also a fan of the game "pop-up pirate" to develop life skills such as turn taking and sharing, although initially I may not get a very long/many turns within this!

High expectations: Merton's theory of the self fulfilling prophecy is one which I try to implement within my teaching. Previously I have had students in one class, which were learning to count, whilst also encouraging some other pupils to tell the time and learn about clocks. I enjoy planning activities for a wide range of levels and encouraging each child to always reach towards the best of their ability.

 

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe it is important to make learning fun and enjoyable. If a child is not interested in something, it is important to catch their attention in a way that motivates and engages them. I enjoy getting to know each individual child and providing activities that reflect their interests and needs.

It is also key to form positive and trusting relationships, particularly with our most vulnerable learners.  Knowing that they are respected and valued allows a child to feel more comfortable when accessing learning, and this is therefore when most progress happens.

Something Sensational About Me

I've spent a month teaching in Kenya! It was a great time living very traditionally, eating local cuisine and experiencing a completely education system and culture.

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    Availability

    • Tuesday 16:30 - 20:00
    • Wednesday 16:30 - 20:00
    • Thursday 16:30 - 20:00
    • Friday 16:30 - 20:00
    • Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
    • Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

    Qualifications and Training

    • BA Primary Education (Hons) With QTS
    • NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership)
    • First aid at work and defibrillation instructor.
    • Level 3 award in First Aid at Work
    • Safeguarding children Level 2
    • Sensory processing with GriffinOT - Level 1
    • Cyber security awareness.
    • Attention autism training
    • Read Write Inc (Phonics Training)
    • Team Teach trained.
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    • BA Primary Education (Hons) With QTS
    • NPQML (National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership)
    • First aid at work and defibrillation instructor.
    • Level 3 award in First Aid at Work
    • Safeguarding children Level 2
    • Sensory processing with GriffinOT - Level 1
    • Cyber security awareness.
    • Attention autism training
    • Read Write Inc (Phonics Training)
    • Team Teach trained.
     

    Choose me if…

    • You want enjoyable learning activities that will feel more like fun, than work to your child!
    • You want somebody with a wide range of experience within the SEN sector, especially (ASD/GDD/ADHD)
    • You want somebody who will get as excited for your child's progress as you will.
    • You want somebody who is dedicated and enthusiastic, I will give most things a go!
    • You want somebody who is genuinely interested to get to know your child and how best to support their holistic needs.

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    Kent, Greater London, Essex, Surrey (Other areas considered)

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