With 28-years of professional experience in Independent and State Primary education, Jo can empathise and identify what SENDCos need in order to support teachers so that they can plan and teach children who display difficulties to learn under their care, with or without a diagnosis.
Jo has championed and worked tirelessly throughout her career in making the lives of children and their families with difficulties to learn not only manageable, but also giving them a new confidence to thrive in a world beyond the classroom.
" With decades of experience in Primary education supporting KS1-KS2 children in and out of the classroom, I understand how to get the best out of younger children who have difficulties to learn and how to support the adults around them.
For parents/guardians & schools, not knowing where to go to get the right kind of support for their struggling child/ren can be distressing, daunting, complex and an exhausting minefield. There is always a reason why a younger child has difficulties to learn, and I have made it my job to find out why.
It is proven that if we can find and re-teach the specific micro-gaps missing from their learning journey when they are younger, they will have a greater chance at becoming independent learners when they are older.
This assessment has revolutionised the learning journeys for many Primary children who get lost and left behind with the speed of the daily curriculum - without the need of a formal diagnosis. It has repeatedly shown that a younger child may not have learning difficulties at all, but rather a difficulty to learn because of these newly exposed micro-gaps.
I have upmost faith that all children, whatever their differences, have the ability to succeed.
There is no right time or wrong time, time is now & I'm here to help."
What has been said of this new provision
'This assessment is not a luxury but a necessity.'
Since 1994, Jo's background includes:
• Senior Management and Head of Year in LKS1 to UKS2.
• Form Teacher; Class Teacher & core subject teacher (English, Maths & Science)
• The ability to simplify Educational Psychologist Reports in to a 2-page document.
• Specialist Non-Diagnostic Assessor for Primary children.
• External 1:1 Specialist Teacher for Primary children.
• External 1:1 teacher for Primary children with English as a second language/ESL.
• Supply Teacher to Independent and State schools.
• Preparing children for SATS, CE and scholarships for 11+ and 13+
Jo has the ability to raise children's’ self-esteem, self-confidence and expectation of academic success by giving them a fresh start in the acquisition of their missed learning. She also enables children to become independent, pro-active learners within the education system.
With years of professional experience in Primary education, Jo has realised that the most important thing for a younger child who is struggling with their curriculum is that their teachers know why they are finding things hard.
This 1-page working document, which is unique to an individual child, shows any teacher exactly what to plan and teach a child who displays mild to complex difficulties to learn under their care.
If children's learning gaps are left unaddressed or ignored, some children may go on to develop more acute learning difficulties and lower self-esteem, making their education more challenging; their current curriculum even harder to access - and the likelihood of a diagnostic assessment at the end of KS2/3 more probable.
It is proven that if we can find and re-teach the specific micro-gaps missing from a child's learning journey when they are younger, they will have a greater chance at becoming independent learners when they are older.
"It's not that you can't do it, you just can't do it yet."