Teach Portsmouth presents…

A brand new webinar series for those interested in teaching.

Each webinar will focus on a different theme and feature guest speakers who will share their experiences so you can learn more about what it's like to teach in Portsmouth.

Catch up on special education needs teaching.

October 2021

If you have an interest in teaching or supporting students with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND), our latest webinar is for you. Attendees who joined us on Wednesday 20 October 2021 learnt about the types of roles in SEND in particular, special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCO).

Three Portsmouth-based professionals spoke about their own experiences in primary, secondary and specialist settings, supporting children and young people to reach their full potential.

A big thank you goes to our host, Sarah Christopher, Portsmouth Education Partnership and inclusion manager as well as our contributors, Luci Johnson, Fran Marshman and Cathy Seal.

A recording of Teach Portsmouth presents special educational needs teaching is now available to watch.

About our host

Sarah Christopher

Portsmouth Education Partnership and school inclusion manager

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.

About our speakers

Luci Johnson

Head teacher at 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.

Cathy Seal

Director of inclusion at 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.

Explore Portsmouth Local Offer

If you are a professional working with children and young people in Portsmouth aged 0 - 25 years old with SEND, visit Portsmouth Local Offer for resources.

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