Meet our Inclusion Team
Assistant Head for Inclusion and
Designated Lead for Child Protection
I have been at the school for several years in a variety of roles, initially as a class teacher, coordinator and governor at Barclay Infant School and, more recently, as Assistant Head, (EYFS/Inclusion) since the successful amalgamation of Barclay infant and junior schools.
Barclay schools have a long tradition of supporting equal opportunities, effective home-school liaison, diversity and community cohesion. I have always championed high-quality provision to support these key areas of the school to ensure that all children, whatever their race, religion, gender or need, have an equal opportunity to unlock and reach their full potential. I am exceptionally proud to have been part of the significant changes that have occurred since I began working at the schools, through the transformation from separate infant and junior schools to a single primary school, conversion to academy status and now as part of the Lion Academy Trust.
My three children all attended Barclay infant and junior schools, as well as local secondary schools and sixth-form colleges. Over the years, this has enabled me to establish effective links with a wide range of external agencies and specialists, and acquire an extensive knowledge of local amenities and opportunities. I am also fully aware of how children within the same family can have completely differing needs, as well as the challenges facing parents and carers in raising and supporting their children.
Having always worked in inner city schools, I am fully aware of the challenges and opportunities for families, as well as staff in schools.
The role of the SENCO is:
– to support teachers and learning support assistants (LSAs) to plan appropriately differentiated lessons, programmes and interventions to support children with special educational needs
– to identify and support children who would benefit from some additional support as a boost whilst closing the gap against national expectations.
At Barclay, we recognise that all children progress at different rates. Children's progress is constantly monitored, and targeted small group or one-to-one intervention is provided where children are not making expected progress.I also hold annual review meetings and assist teachers to set new IEP (individual education plan) targets on a termly basis, ensuring individual needs are being met.
We have close links with specialist schools within the borough, as well as a fantastic Educational Psychologist and Speech and Language therapist who works alongside the Inclusion Team, providing support for teachers, LSAs and parents/carers.
If you have any questions, concerns or queries regarding your child’s progress and/or the intervention they are receiving, please do not hesitate to contact me.
At Barclay Primary School we warmly welcome every new arrival from every country in the world!
We use lots of different and exciting strategies to teach the full curriculum to all our children. New arrivals who have no English are catered for in our Language Lab’, this is one daily session packed full of fun activities to develop their speaking and listening skills in English.We also run termly Family Literacy Sessions for parents/carers of new arrivals to help them develop their own English skills.
My classroom is in the KS1 building but I am always walking around the playground at the beginning and end of each day. Please feel free to come and talk to me!
Parental Engagement Officers
Parental Engagement Officers, Ms Jones and Miss Aaron, work with and on behalf of Barclay parents/carers for the benefit of our pupils. They are involved in a wide range of activities including:
Ms Jones and Miss Aaron are also Deputy Safeguarding Leads, which involves providing early preventative support for families reducing the risk of harm to pupils. They also work alongside families in times of crisis, for example, bereavement and financial hardship. This involves them meeting parents/carers on a one-to-one basis for confidential discussions of matters of concern.
The Parental Engagement Officers may be reached via the school’s main office number 020 8539 7933 and are available to parents/carers in the playgrounds at the beginning and at the end of the school day.