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lucy m

Lucy Mettyear has over 30 years of experience in teaching.  She has taught English across KS3 and 4 and been a SENCO and senior leader in a number of schools.  She has been an Advanced Skills Teacher working in partnership with primary schools to improve inclusive teaching and learning.  Lucy was an Inclusion Consultant from 2004-2014.  She has developed the SEND review, developed the Inclusion Handbook and launched the OXSIT website.  She teaches on the Brookes National Award for SENCOs.  Her focus has always been on improving inclusive teaching and learning and developing systems and structures to support the accelerated progress of pupils with SEND.  Lucy is the Service Manager for Vulnerable learners at Oxfordshire County Council. She is also the Headteacher of the Virtual School.

racheal falkner

Rachael Falkner has taught across the primary age, including early years, in a number of schools.  She was a music and arts coordinator before moving on to become SENCO and Special Needs Advisory Support Teacher (SNAST), and has been the Inclusion Consultant for south Oxfordshire since 2009.  Within the team, Rachael leads on early years and literacy difficulties.  She teaches on the Oxford Brookes ‘Working with Children and Young People with Literacy Difficulties’ and NASENCO. For part of her time over the last 2 years, she has been seconded to Achievement for All, working as a coach with several Oxfordshire schools.  Rachael conducts assessments for exam access arrangements for the team and delivers training for a range of literacy interventions.

Jo profile

Jane Elvidge is the Inclusion Consultant for north Oxfordshire. Within the team she leads on EAL as well as training and support for secondary SENCOs. Prior to joining the team she was SENCO and Inclusion Manager at a local secondary school where she developed provision for vulnerable learners to improve progress with a focus on improving inclusive teaching and learning. She has taught English across the secondary age range and was Assistant Curriculum Leader for English and Curriculum Leader for Film Studies before becoming an Inclusion Manager. She recently completed her MA in Education focusing on Special Educational Needs and language acquisition and development. She has the National Award for SENCOs (NASENCO) and teaches on the Oxford Brookes University NASENCO. Jane delivers Write Away Together training and is leading on supporting schools to maximise the performance of teaching assistants working with UCL Institute for education.

jo hatfield

Jo Hatfield is the Senior Inclusion Consultant for the team and works in the central and city area.  Jo joined the team in 2014 having previously been Assistant Headteacher at an Oxfordshire secondary school.  Jo was part of the leadership team responsible for taking the school from 'Special Measures' to a 'Good' Ofsted judgement.  Her roles during this time included improving behaviour in the school from an Ofsted grade 4 to a 2.  Jo was lead for Inclusion including the SENCO, EAL, Safeguarding lead and designated teacher for Looked After Children.  Jo takes a lead on behaviour and improving provision for pupils with SEMH needs, and on diminishing difference for learners entitled to the pupil premium. 

julie sellers

Julie Sellers has taught in Primary and Special education for over 20 years including primary schools abroad and as a SNAST in Oxford. Julie has a number of years’ experience as a SENCO and Assistant Head at an Oxfordshire Primary school.  Julie has a MEd (Primary) and the NASENCO. Julie is currently both an Inclusion Consultant in the north of the county and the Deputy Head for the Oxfordshire Virtual School for Looked After Children and Care Leavers. She likes to be involved in the development of new initiatives and strategies and has led a partnership PIYFAP behaviour strategy.