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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. 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 Practice of Teaching Assistants (MPTA) working with UCL Institute for education.Prior to joining the team she was SENCO and Inclusion Manager at a local secondary school where she developed provision for vulnerable learners 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.

 

jo hatfield

Jo Hatfield is the Senior Inclusion Consultant for the team. Jo has over 23 years of experience working in education, teaching in both primary and secondary schools in a variety of settings and localities, including teaching children working in the entertainment industry. Jo joined the team in 2014 having previously been Assistant Headteacher at a large Oxfordshire secondary school. Jo was part of the leadership team responsible for taking the school from 'Special Measures' to a 'Good' Ofsted judgement. Jo has extensive experience of supporting leaders in both primary, secondary and special schools to improve provision and outcomes for pupils vulnerable to underachievement (those with SEND and those entitled to the pupil premium). She is passionate about educational inclusion, and takes a particular interest in developing effective provision for pupils presenting with challenging behaviour and those with social emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. Jo has an Masters in Education from Oxford Brookes University, where she also teaches on the National Award for SENCOs. In recent year’s Jo has been commissioned to lead on a number of collaborative projects to improve inclusion across Oxfordshire working with headteachers and leaders from health, children’s social care and the police. Since April 2019 Jo also took on leading the Exclusion and Reintegration team at Oxfordshire County Council with a brief on reducing exclusions. In her spare time Jo enjoys singing and playing the piano (usually at the same time), and walking her dog Penny in the Oxfordshire countryside.

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Louise Cobb - bio to be added soon

 

 

Jo Robinson - bio to be added soon

 

Catherine King

Catherine King joined the team in 2018. She has been teaching in primary for 15 years and has experience teaching in all year groups from Nursery to Year 6. She has worked as a SENCo, lead for behaviour and safeguarding and taken on leadership roles across several settings in both London and Oxford. Catherine is keen to promote inclusive, child-initiated learning in the Early Years and has done a lot of work with the charity Family Links; the strong relationships-based ethos that the charity promotes underpins all the work she does with children, families and staff.