Liz Hunter - SEND, Literacy - Teacher, Kingsland Primary School

Liz is a teacher at Kingsland Primary School, a school for pupils aged 2 – 11 with severe and profound learning difficulties; her qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs and NPQH. Liz has taught in primary and all age special schools (2-19) and has taught pupils across the special needs spectrum including Autistic Spectrum Disorder, severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, moderate learning difficulties and complex needs. Liz has also delivered INSET to teachers and teaching assistants in teaching literacy to pupils with severe learning difficulties.

One aspect of her current role is that of outreach teacher, working with mainstream school SENCos, headteachers, class teachers, teaching assistants, parents and multi-agency professionals to enable schools to meet the needs of their more complex pupils.

Liz believes that children with SEN should be valued as highly as their peers and challenged to achieve their full potential both academically and socially. This is not always an easy task within a mainstream school and schools need a support system in place to help them meet this challenge. Liz is skilled in supporting mainstream schools in meeting the needs of complex pupils, motivating and helping staff to develop appropriate provision, tailoring support to meet the needs of each mainstream school, for example modelling teaching, providing resources and activities, developing assessment systems, developing an appropriate curriculum and providing INSET.