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Roles within the governing body: Governor, special educational needs link governor and member of the curriculum committee

Date appointed: February 2017

Appointed by: Local authority

I am the special educational needs link governor. I am a co-opted governor (appointed by the governing body) and I am on the curriculum committee.

I work as a specialist speech and language therapist supporting children and young people with developmental language disorder and autism spectrum disorder in mainstream primary and secondary schools and a further education college in Newham. I work directly with children and young people to improve their communication skills and access the school curriculum as well as collaboratively with teachers, support staff and parents to enable the young people to achieve to the best of their ability. I am involved in developing and delivering a wide range of training for teachers and learning support staff.

Prior to my speech and language therapy training, I worked as a teaching assistant in a primary school as well as teaching English as a foreign language in Poland for 2 years.

I have a particular interest in the links between communication skills and emotional well-being.

I have a daughter in year 7 and a daughter in year 5 at a local primary school who I hope will attend Stoke Newington School in the future.