Meet the Inclusion TeamIn this section...
At Barrow Hedges Primary School we are proud that everyone contributes greatly to the implementation of Inclusion. There are some key players in this, presented below:
Meet Mr Lowes – Inclusion Leader and Deputy Head Teacher
Mr Lowes joined Barrow Hedges Primary School in September 2014. He previously worked as a teacher and then SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) in Newham, East London and his passion was always related to Inclusion which led to him completing a Masters in Special Educational Needs before joining the school. Mr Lowes is responsible for overseeing all provision to provide additional support for children who may need it. He is also a member of the Senior Leadership Team so is able to contribute to whole school decisions and approaches. Recently, Mr Lowes has also become a Specialist Leader for Education, specifically for Special Educational Needs provision and Teaching Assistant management.
One of Mr Pearce's responsibilities at the school is to lead on English as an Additional Language (EAL). He has been in this role since September 2016 and has worked very hard to ensure that pupils who have English as an Additional Language are provided with support where necessary. Mr Pearce is very passionate about this role and has worked hard to support these pupils. See EAL section of website for further information.
Meet Ms Gardiner – Senior Teaching Assistant for Inclusion
Ms Gardiner has worked at Barrow Hedges Primary School for seven years and has fulfilled a number of different roles including Nursery Nurse, Classroom Assistant and 1:1 Learning Support Assistant. She has previously been trained in a number of specialist support strategies such as Maketon and Family Support. In September 2015, the Senior Leadership Team identified Ms Gardiner as having great sklills in the area of Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, Inclusion and Family Support, and following an application process, changed her role to Senior Teaching Assistant for Inclusion where she now offers great support to many pupils and families.
Meet Miss Thompson and Mrs Cloves – Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA)
Barrow Hedges Primary School is very lucky to have two wonderful ELSAs working at the school. Mrs Cloves joined the school in 2015 and has contributed greatly to the social, emotional and behavioural development of many of our pupils. She works across Early Years and Key Stage One (Nursery to Year 2) for 20 hours per week. In September 2017, Miss Thompson, who was already working at our school as a Teaching Assistant, also joined the ELSA team having demonstrated her interest in and commitment to this type of work; her focus is our older children, in Key Stage Two (Year 3 to Year 6), and she also works for 20 hours per week. Both Miss Thompson and Mrs Cloves have completed specific training relating to Emotional Literacy Support which is run by Sutton Local Authority Educational Psychologists.
Meet Ms Critchley – Senior Teaching Assistant for Interventions
Ms Critchley has worked at Barrow Hedges Primary School for 6 years. In September 2015 she began working as a Senior Teaching Assistant for Interventions, providing high quality interventions to targeted groups of pupils. Mrs Critchley has achieved a Level 3 Diploma in Dyslexia (currently working towards Level 5) and works hard to provide support to groups of pupils who require support with Maths or English.
Meet Mrs Banks – Senior Teaching Assistant for Pupil Premium
Mrs Banks has worked at Barrow Hedges Primary School for 20 years as a Teaching Assistant, among many other roles, including ‘Football Referee’ and ‘Singing Assembly’ guru! In September 2015 she became the school’s Senior Teaching Assistant for Pupil Premium which means she spends most of her time providing mentoring and group intervention sessions with children who are eligible for Pupil Premium, so as to enhance their progress.