Meet the SEND team

The Inclusion department consists of a team of 18 teaching assistants, 12 of whom specialise in working with students with a visual impairment. The department is led by Mrs Lomas the Inclusion Leader/SENCo and is overseen by Ms Orchard, one of our Assistant Head teachers. Mrs Maltby is the head of our Vision Resource Base and is a Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI).  We are assisted by Mrs White who is the Inclusion Administration Manager and Miss Burke who is our apprentice.

Meet the Inclusion Leader: Mrs A Lomas

My teaching & learning specialisms

Since starting at Plantsbrook in 1999, I have taught Science at KS3 & KS4, and Biology at KS5.  I have enjoyed being part of our excellent pastoral system, having had many years of experience of being an Achievement Co-ordinator. I became the Leader of Inclusion (SENCo) in September 2015.

My philosophy for inclusion

My main priority is for our SEND children to be  happy and safe within their learning environment. To ensure that every child has accessibility to their education no matter what their needs are. To encourage everyone to work as a team around the child ensuring they are able to fulfil their potential.

Head of Vision Resource Base/Qualified Teacher of the Vision Impaired (QTVI): Mrs H Maltby

My teaching & learning specialisms

I am primarily a teacher of English and have done that job for 30 years in a range of mainstream secondary schools. 7 years ago I moved to a school for the blind and visually impaired (NCW) where I qualified as a teacher of the visually impaired (QTVI). Here at Plantsbrook my role as Head of Vision Resource Base is to ensure that the pupils who have a vision impairment are able to access the curriculum alongside their sighted peers. This means understanding what impact their impairment has on their learning and providing support- through modification of resources, providing the right equipment for learning and deploying the TAs to support as appropriate. I am lucky enough to still be able to teach English too.

My philosophy for inclusion

Everyone has a right to be fully included in the world around them, be that in a school setting, within the workplace or within the wider community. For young people who have a Vision Impairment this can be difficult, they often feel socially isolated- particularly as they go through their schooling years. It is essential that we teach them self -advocacy and empower them to be confident young adult. Our role within Inclusion is to provide them with their basic rights and develop the skills they need to work successfully alongside their sighted peers.

Meet the Inclusion Admin Manager: Mrs C White

My role

My role is to take care of the administration side of the Inclusion team, making sure all paperwork and systems are up to date.

My philosophy for inclusion

I believe that all children should be treated equally, regardless of their ability.  They should be provided with a positive environment in which they can test and challenge themselves, to encourage them to be the very best that they can be.

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