Jo has extensive experience in SEND having worked as a SENCo in several different schools and authorities since 1994. Jo’s current role is as Trust Director (SEND) with responsibility for the strategic development of SEND across the schools currently making up the Education Alliance. Jo started working across the Trust in November 2015 when she was tasked with auditing and re-organising SEND policy and provision at Malet Lambert School; since then, the role has developed to encompass all five schools.
Jo believes passionately that staff in every school share a collective responsibility for all students with additional needs and that key contributing factors to the successful implementation of this are effective collaboration and positive professional relationships between teaching staff and the support teams. Recently, Jo participated in a working party based at the Huntington Research School, York looking into the EEF’s recent guidance report: “Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants” which involved working in partnership with the Manchester Communications Academy and Trust training in this area is a focus for the current academic year.
In addition to working across the Trust, Jo chairs the South Hunsley Partnership SENCo meetings, the EIS (Education Inclusion Service) planning and review meetings and the Trust SENCo meetings. Jo is committed to ensuring all students with additional needs achieve their true potential and to this end works collaboratively with both SEND departments and the wider school in developing skilled support teams with specific areas of expertise together with ensuring appropriate interventions are in place to meet an ever increasing range of need in line with the procedures in the new SEND Code of Practice (2014).