Katy Taylor – SLE Pen Portrait

SLE Specialism: R.E, SEN

I have held the post of Assistant Vice Principal since September 2015 but prior to this I spent several years working as a SENCO in a mainstream school but one that catered for a wide range of complex special education needs ranging from Autistic Spectrum Disorders to Quadriplegia. I completed the PG Cert in SEN Coordination (National SENCO Award) with Leeds University.

I have extensive experience of managing teams of support staff and ensuring that they are effectively deployed in the classroom and across the school in order to maximise student progress.

I have been actively involved in training for staff around SEN, including leading the SEN training for the Teach First Cohort in Doncaster. I also specialise in access arrangements and reasonable adjustments and I am a qualified psychometric tester registered with the British Psychological Society. I have also carried out consultancy work in this area.

I have a strong sense of mission and this is evident in my commitment to my working practice. I have high expectations of myself, staff and pupils and believe that together the most difficult challenges will be overcome and I believe that a fully inclusive school is a realistic and achievable vision for all.

In my current role I have responsibility for SEN and Well Being and I am also the SENCO. In order to carry out this role successful it is important to have an aspirational belief in all pupils and staff ability, and a determination to motivate and engage people This underpins my entire pedagogy and leadership practice. I strive to ensure that all individual pupils and groups achieve consistently through rigorous personalised assessment, planning and provision in order to raise their attainment, have high aspirations and self-esteem and their levels of motivation and engagement improve, regardless of their needs. This is done by ensuring an appropriate, challenging, aspirational and personalised curriculum is implemented in collaboration with the school’s partners/stakeholders. Furthermore it is imperative that all staff and pupils’ standards and expectations are non-negotiable, personal, challenging and that everyone is accountable and aware of their own rights and responsibilities