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Role: Co-opted Governor

Committee: Curriculum

Link role: Special Educational Needs

Term of office: 29/11/2016 - present

I have served as a governor at Stoke Newington School since 2016. I am one of the vice chairs, the link governor for the Special Education Needs and Disability and chair of the Well Being Committee. I am proud to support, and hold to account, a school with such a considered and innovative approach to education and share the commitment of the school to be as inclusive as possible to the whole community for which it provides.

Whilst we now face many challenges following the past year of disrupted schooling, something that has brought hope to the community has been the capacity of the school to create spaces to listen and respond to a diverse range of voices. I feel a listening school with good links with all its partners will be a place that can provide the best outcomes for the young people who lie at the centre of everything we do.

As a speech and language therapist working in education for the last 20 years, I have a particular interest in the links between communication skills, learning and emotional well-being which I draw on as my role as a governor. My work in schools in Newham, East London involves working with students with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and Autistic students and supporting their schools to help them achieve the best outcomes possible.

I have two daughters at Stoke Newington School and Sixth Form.