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 had always planned to be a teacher so, when I was at University, I worked in a language school in the summer teaching English to foreign students to check if it was really the job for me. I absolutely loved it; the opportunity to share information with young people and the buzz I got from seeing them enjoy learning made me confident that teaching was the right path for me.
I graduated from Bath University in 2001 with a PGCE in English and then spent 12 years teaching English, 7 of which I worked as the Head of English at Broadlands. After a brief gap in leadership whilst having my three children, I took the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator at Broadlands. This is a position I have held at the school for five years now and one I thoroughly enjoy – no two days are ever the same.
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 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’ve been teaching since 2004. It keeps me up at night and gets me up in the morning. It’s so challenging and rewarding. The Connect Unit 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 mainstream 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.
I am returning to work this year after having my two children and feel I have new insight into the challenges of parenting. I’ve enjoyed the first weeks of term and I’m looking forward to seeing what the Connect students can achieve.
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.