We are a small inclusion unit for students with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH). Connect is part of
Broadlands Academy and students who attend the provision are on the roll of the mainstream school.
Below is a little bit about each of our staff and why they came to work at Broadlands Academy Connect.
I’ve been teaching since 2004. It keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning. It’s so challenging and rewarding. Being the SENDCO at Broadlands gives me the time to work with each student to support them as they find out how to overcome their challenges in the school environment.
My background helps me in this process. I have an English degree from Bristol University and a PGCE from UWE. I taught in London and then moved to working at The Kings of Wessex Academy in Cheddar in 2006. I taught English there for five years before taking on the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator. I have a PG Certificate in Specific Learning Difficulties which allows me to specialise in areas such as Dyslexia and I can assess for exam concessions.
In 2017 the local authority offered the opportunity for a local school to improve facilities for students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH) and this gave me the opportunity to help set up Broadlands Academy Connect. We first opened our door to students in September 2018 and I am delighted at the success of this provision to date. We have created a welcoming and dedicated teaching space and have recruited committed and skilled staff. The students currently on roll are very positive about attending - this is reflected in their behaviour, attendance and positive points.
I thoroughly enjoy my job and am proud to be a part of Broadlands Academy and Broadlands Academy Connect.
Special Educational Needs Coordinator
I have been a teacher for 14 years. I am originally a Modern Languages teacher and spent several years in a Head of Faculty role. As well as languages, I have taught a variety of other subjects such as English, Humanities and Technology and spent 7 years as a Pastoral head for Years 7, 8 and 9.
All of this experience helped me to realise that I really enjoy working with students who need something more bespoke to access education. My passion is to try and make School an accessible place for all students, regardless of any challenges faced. Therefore, I am so pleased to be working in Connect as our aim in Connect is to provide a learning environment that is inclusive, positive and nurturing, with work that is bespoke and relevant to individual student’s needs.
It’s great to see that the Connect provision has already had a positive impact on student’s attendance, motivation and engagement.