Specialist Learning Support Teachers – SLSTs

Updated: 30/05/22

 

Liz Jones Senior Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Liz Jones has been employed by Norfolk County Council since 1978 – first as a class-teacher, and joining the then Norfolk Psychological Service in 1985. Liz has worked in the fields of learning support and provision for children excluded from school, and was Course Tutor for the Diploma for Teachers of Learners with SpLD (Dyslexia) for 13 years. She has advanced qualifications in the areas of SEND and learning difficulties and her current role is Specialist Learning Support Teacher within EPSS working with a range of schools from primary to secondary.
EBSS_161101_14-20-24 Anna Pearson Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Anna started off working as a primary teacher and then worked on several research projects, including one investigating the development of young children’s Theory of Mind.  Anna has been very happy working for EPSS for nearly twenty years.  Her special interests are Dyslexia and Autism.
OCR Level 7 SpeLD (Dyslexia), University Certificate in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Carrieanne Miller EBSS_161101_14-23-32 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Carrie is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has worked in Norfolk schools since 2002. She began working with EPSS as a Specialist Teacher in 2016. Carrie holds a postgraduate SEND award and a Level 5 Certificate: Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). She is currently working toward the Level 7 SpLD qualification. Carrie enjoys collaborating with families and school staff to support learners across all key stages.
EBSS_161101_13-35-48 Jenny Harris Specialist Learning Support Teacher 
Jenny enjoys teaching children to develop their skills – from basic literacy to GCSE English.
She delivers Sound Discovery training. Using formative and dynamic assessment, Jenny uncovers the learner’s needs to guide next steps.
Level 7 Assessment Practising Certificate and Teaching Practising Certificate
Level 7 Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
Sarah Gentle EBSS_161101_13-32-28 Specialist Learning Support Teacher 
Sarah is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has worked in a wide range of educational settings from mainstream schools to Pupil Referral Unit (SSSfN) and across all key stages. Her specialist area of interest is children’s and young people’s social, emotional and mental health.
EBSS_161101_13-43-22 Kate McCaul Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Kate began teaching in 2002 in Norfolk and has experience teaching primary school children as well as secondary pupils and preschool aged children. She joined EPSS in 2012, working as a specialist teacher supporting children with literacy difficulties. Kate enjoys working with individuals, and their schools and families to find the best ways to support them , building on their strengths and helping them progress and feel more confident as learners. Kate has a Level 5 Certificate: Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia), and is working toward the Level 7 qualification.
Dave Pearce EBSS_161101_13-51-54 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
 Dave Pearce has been teaching in East Anglia since 1974. In 2004 he served as Norfolk Children’s Services’ exclusions officer, followed by advisory work relating to additional and alternative educational provision, linked to the Pupil Referral Unit. He retired in 2011. He re-joined the EPSS in 2016 in his current capacity as Specialist Learning Support Teacher. Dave has advanced qualifications in SEND, learning difficulties and child psychology, and works with a range of education and training providers – primary and secondary schools, and Post-16. He is also a member of the Critical Incident Team.
Gill King Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Gill is an experienced teacher who first joined Norfolk’s Educational Psychology Service in 2001. Over the last 15 years she has specialised in using the Solution Focused Approach to support individuals experiencing emotional barriers to learning. She is a member of the Critical Incident Team and holds a post-graduate Diploma in Dyslexia. In 2015, Gill moved to be the Lead Teacher in a KS2 Specialist Resource Base in Norwich, and in 2019 is delighted to return to EPSS and continue her work enabling learners to become the best versions of themselves.
Adrian Knott EBSS_161101_13-46-50 Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Adrian is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has taught in secondary phases across Norfolk. He previously taught in a Bilingual International School in Southern Spain where he led a physical education department and had additional responsibility for developing literacy skills in the primary phase. Adrian also has experience of leading a Specialist Resource Base for Cognition and Learning in Norfolk. Adrian holds postgraduate qualifications in dyslexia and psychometric testing. He has an Assessment Practising Certificate in assessing and teaching learners with specific learning difficulties.
Helenè Coates Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Helenè is a Psychology graduate who subsequently trained as a teacher. She has had experience of teaching across both primary and secondary phases. Helenè started working as a Specialist Learning Support Teacher with EPSS in 2010. She has a keen interest in Dyslexia; working collaboratively with school, parents and the learner to capitalise on strengths and overcome barriers to learning. Helenè has an OCR Level 7 certificate in assessing and teaching learners with specific difficulties in literacy (Dyslexia)
 

Helen Keer

Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Helen is an experienced primary school teacher and SENCo, who has worked in schools in and around the Norwich area since 1995. She has a BA Hons in German and Dutch and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She began working with EPSS as a Specialist Support Teacher in 2019. Helen enjoys working collaboratively with individuals, their families and their schools, to build on strengths and to overcome barriers to learning. Helen holds a Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET).
Samantha Hearn Specialist Behaviour Support Teacher
Sam is an experienced Primary Teacher and SENDCo. She trained and taught in Hertfordshire before moving to Norfolk in 2005.  Sam holds the National SENDCo Award, Level 3 in Supporting Dyslexic Learners and a Level 7 Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing.  Having previously worked in therapeutic settings, Sam has continued her interest in this area. She trained as a Youth Mental Health First Aider in 2017, and is currently learning more about Trauma Informed Schools, Emotionally Based School Avoidance and Emotion Coaching. Sam is passionate about supporting the mental health of children and young people, to enable them to access learning and flourish
Katherine Golding Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Catherine is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has worked in Early Years settings and Primary schools in Norfolk since 1997. Her special areas of interest are Autism, supporting social, emotional and mental health in children and young people and working with parents and families of children with SEND.
Belinda O’Brien Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Belinda qualified as a teacher at Rolle College of Education in 1996.  Since qualifying she has worked in Infant, Junior and Primary Schools in London and Norfolk; both in the maintained and independent sector.  She has held a variety of positions including class teacher, reading intervention teacher, English lead, Deputy Headteacher, SENCo and specialist teacher.Belinda studied for her PGC SpLD (Dyslexia) qualification with Edge Hill University and graduated in 2012.  She holds a current Assessment Practicing Certificate with Patoss.  She also successfully gained her National SENCo award in 2016 through the University College of London and her Advanced SENCo award in 2018.  Belinda has an extensive and diverse range of professional experience including: – Elklan, phonics, Philosophy, assessment, KS1 moderation and mental health.
Joanne Wells Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Jo is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has worked in a wide range of educational settings across all key stages. Jo is a person-centred practitioner who works collaboratively with children, families and other professionals.  She is committed to promoting the best outcomes for children and young people.  She ensures that she incorporates empathy and positive regard for others with high expectations and challenge in all the input she provides. Her special areas of interest are Autism and supporting social, emotional and mental health in children and young people. Jo is currently working towards an Assessment Practising Certificate in assessing and teaching learners with specific learning difficulties.
Joanne Sara Evans Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Joanne has a BA Hons in English and qualified as a teacher at the University of East Anglia in 1998.  Since qualifying she has worked in secondary schools in Norfolk.  She has held a variety of positions, including Key Stage 3 coordinator for English, Literacy Coordinator and SENCo.  Joanne studied for her MEd in Language Literacies and Dyslexia with Birmingham University, gaining AMBDA in 2017, and graduating in 2019.  She holds an Assessing Practicing Certificate with the British Dyslexia Association.  Joanne has a range of professional experience, from some primary teaching and working with students in Year 6/7 transition, through marking both SAT and GCSE papers, teaching Fresh Start Phonics,  A level English Language and exploring Emotionally Based School Refusal.
Cherie Pointon Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Cherie is an experienced teacher and SENCO who has worked in Suffolk primary and middle schools since 1991. She joined EPSS in September 2021 and has a special interest in neurodiversity. She holds the NASENO award and is currently working towards the Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing  (CCET) to enhance her skills in assessing and supporting children’s literacy development. Cherie enjoys working in collaboration with families and staff in school in order to support and enhance learning for children and young people.
Samantha Sutton Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Sam is an experienced Primary Teacher, Deputy Head Teacher and SENCO, working in Norfolk Schools since 2007. She began working as part of the EPSS team in January 2022. Sam has a degree in Law, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and the National SENCO Award. Her particular interests are working collaboratively with child and their families, promoting the voice of the child, mental health and wellbeing as well as exploring barriers to maths learning.
Ruth Abramson Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Ruth is an experienced primary school teacher and SENCO, who has worked in Norfolk since 1999. She enjoys working collaboratively with schools, pupils and their families to identify and overcome barriers to learning. She has a particular interest in supporting teachers to meet the needs of neurodiverse children and young people. Ruth has an OCR Level 5 Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia), a Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and the National SENCO Award.
Gillian Malcolm Specialist Learning Support Teacher
Gill is an experienced teacher, SENCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead. She taught in Northern Ireland before moving to Norfolk in 1991 and has always taught in primary schools. With a particular skill in behaviour management, Gill uses the PIVOTAL approach to manage behaviour positively, to assist children, teachers and parents.  In 2018 she had an exchange placement with a school in Sweden which uses social pedagogy to promote learning, positive behaviour and uses a mentoring approach. Gill’s particular interests are social emotional and mental health needs, neuro diversity and behaviour management   She holds a Bachelor of Education ( Hons) Degree,  the Level 7 Diploma for Teachers of Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and in 2019 qualified as a Pivotal Behaviour Trainer.
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