Meet the Learning Support Team

The Learning Support Team are specialist teachers who are skilled and have a high level of expertise in working with children and young people with a wide range of learning needs and SEND. The team has long established links with schools, settings and professional organisations.

Members of the team hold a range of qualifications relevant to their work including Masters Degrees, Post Graduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, AMBDA accreditation and Assessment Practising Certificates.  Several have also been Special Educational Needs Coordinators in Worcestershire schools or held other leadership roles.

Helen Davies - Specialist Teacher

Professional qualifications/accreditations
  • BEd (Hons)
  • Assessment in Special Needs Education
  • Language for Learning trainer
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Bilingualism in Education
Experience/ area of expertise

Helen worked as a classroom teacher for over 20 years before taking up her role with the Learning Support Team. She taught across the whole primary age range in a variety of settings along with the coordination of various subject areas including IT, Science and Assessment.

Helen has undertaken assessments with pre-school children to ensure that they receive suitable support when they move into reception to provide them with a positive start to their school life.

Accomplishments (work/personal)

Helen has recently developed the English as an Additional Language (EAL) support package that the Learning Support Team now offer and has completed a Post Graduate Certificate at the University of Birmingham to further her own knowledge in this area.

She takes pride in quickly developing positive relationships with pupils and parents and is always gratified when parents comment that the report on their child is very individual and has caught their child “to a T”.
Training Helen can deliver Helen regularly delivers whole school training on aspects of EAL inclusion as well as supporting pupils with a range of learning difficulties

 

Sheila Smith - Teacher

Professional qualifications/accreditations
  • Sheila trained as a teacher at the University of Keele, Institute of Education.
  • She has a Postgraduate Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties from University College Worcester.
  • She also has the OCR Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.
Experience/ area of expertise Sheila taught for 8 years in Nottinghamshire.
She then moved to Worcestershire and taught at Pupil Referral Units for a number of years. Additionally she did home tuition for both the Medical Education Team and the Behaviour Support Team. She also worked in a unit for pupils suffering from school phobia.
She joined the Learning Support Team in 2002.
In addition to carrying out learning assessments she has recently been doing some home tuition with pupils who, for various reasons, are unable to attend school.  

Dyslexia is Sheila’s particular interest.

Training Sheila can deliver

Sheila has delivered training to newly qualified teachers to develop their knowledge of Special Educational Needs.

She is currently receiving training to enable her to deliver whole school audits for the development of EAL Friendly Schools.

 

Wendy Robins – Specialist Teacher

Professional Qualifications
  • BA (Hons)
  • P.G.C.E.
  • OCR Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

Currently working towards:

OCR Level 7 Diploma  in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties

Experience/Area of Expertise
  • Wendy has been a qualified teacher working in Worcestershire for 20 years.
  • School based teaching roles include Year 2, Year 1 and Foundation Stage, along with subject co-ordination of ICT.
  • Within the Learning Support Team her particular areas of expertise are dyslexia and ICT.
  • She carries out learning assessments to identify strengths and areas of need for learners with SEND.
  • She works across the primary and secondary age range advising on ICT solutions to support and develop learning.
  • She delivers tuition to meet individual need in various circumstances.

Training Wendy can deliver

  • Advice and guidance using ICT to remove barriers to learning.
  • Dyslexia friendly classrooms and strategies for facilitating learning.
  • Strategies to support pupils with reading and spelling difficulties.
  • Using the Smart Moves program to develop pupil’s gross motor skills in school.

 

Contact the Learning Support Team

For support with a range of learning needs - 01905 678187

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