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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 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.

Lucy Faulkner


Lucy Faulkner joined the team in 2018. Sheworks part time as an Inclusion consultant whilst working at a local primary school as the Assistant Headteacher leading on Teaching and Learning and Inclusion. Lucy has taught across the primary phase and is an experienced SENCo and school leader with a focus on improving outcomes for all learners. She has completed her MA in Education focusing on language acquisition and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage. She has the National Award for SENCOs (NASENCO) and has also completed a PGCERT in Supporting Children with Literacy Difficulties.



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.