Rachel George

SENCO

 

SEN professional for more than 23 years and SENCO at Longhill 1993-2020. Rachel has also had 8 years experience as an Assistant Head. She has a background in SpLD and Literacy and an MA to evidence this. Rachel ran the Special Facility SpLD provision at Longhill for 12 years so her knowledge of a range of subjects and their relative demands for students with a wide range of SEN is sound.

 

Expert's Bio

Rachel's initial degree was an Upper Primary/ Lower Secondary B.Ed with a specialism in Maths and Performance Arts and is about to embark on a second Masters in Psychology. She has a special interest in Attachment and in working with challenging students in a trauma informed way, designing training and support manuals for staff to enhance their inclusion. Rachel has been asked by the LA to train new SENCOs and has helped with this for the last 6 years.

Rachel has been lecturing at the Universities of Brighton & Sussex to ITT’s in regard to how we unpick the overlap between SEN, Disadvantage and ability in order to best target our interventions. To assist in the drive forward of HQFT, towards ensuring all teachers are teachers of SEN, Rachel is currently developing a school wide ‘continuum of SEN assessment’. This is helping colleagues learn to perform some of the cognitive, literacy, phonological or memory assessments to pursue the root cause of a student’s challenge. Rachel has recently completed the Mental Health First Aid training and the two day Suicide Prevention course.

'We have an exciting and privileged job, helping to secure better outcomes for learners and whilst this can sometimes be a frustrating experience, ultimately I love the challenge. The most secure way to do this is to invest in the people around us and in our own growth as practitioners. I'm thrilled by the opportunity to work with others through the SLE model and hopefully extend my own knowledge through learning with others.'

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