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Teach Portsmouth presents... special educational needs teaching
Special educational needs (SEN) teachers work with children and young people who need extra support and guidance, to teach in a way that helps them reach their full potential.

Join Teach Portsmouth for a webinar on special educational needs teaching on Wednesday 20 October from 4pm - 5pm. Hear from Portsmouth-based professionals who share their experiences of working in primary and secondary settings who support children and young people.

Oct 20, 2021 04:00 PM in London

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Luci Johnson
Head teacher @Redwood Park Academy
Luci trained at the University of Brighton from 2001 to 2005. After graduating, she worked in a school for 6 years as a PE teacher before moving to a pupil referral unit to work with young people who had been permanently excluded from mainstream schools. After this time, Luci gained a SENCO qualification from the University of Chichester, joining Redwood Park Academy as an assistant principal a few years later. Luci became principal at the specialist school in April 2020.
Fran Marshman
Deputy head teacher and special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) @Langstone Infant School
Fran completed a teacher training course at King Alfred's College in Winchester (now the University of Winchester) from 1994 - 1998. Since then, she has taught in Portsmouth schools, teaching every year group in a primary setting. In 2015, Fran took on the role of a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) to support this area inside Langstone Infant Academy. Shortly after this time, she completed a SENCO accreditation at the University of Winchester in 2017. She is now deputy head teacher at the school.
Sarah Christopher
Portsmouth Education Partnership and School Inclusion Manager @Portsmouth City Council
Sarah has over 30 years' experience working in inclusive education in London and Portsmouth. She was a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) for 10 years in secondary settings before joining Portsmouth City Council. In this role, Sarah was seconded to support on special educational needs reform, developing a wellbeing and resilience strategy for education professionals in the city. In 2017, she became Portsmouth Education Partnership and School Inclusion Manager.
Cathy Seal
Director of inclusion @Trafalgar School
Cathy has worked in Portsmouth for a number of years, currently supporting students at Trafalgar School in Portsmouth as director of inclusion. In the early part of her career, Cathy focused on primary education, extending the key stage 2 curriculum into key stage 3 when required. She is also a qualified special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) and English teacher, leading on phonics provision at her school.