Clare Viney

I have been working in education for 28 years, beginning in mainstream primary and teaching Year 1, Year 2 and Year 5, co-ordinating English across the school and fulfilling the SENCo role.

After 6 years I moved into special education, teaching children with moderate learning difficulties, as well as further needs that included autism, Down’s syndrome and ADHD. I became Assistant Head after two years and also spent a year on secondment as a literacy consultant for Coventry LA. On returning to special education, I maintained a role as a literacy consultant, adapting approaches for teaching phonics to children with SEND. I was also part of a new, evolving team of ‘outreach teachers’, supporting staff and children with SEND in mainstream schools and managing dual-placements. I have worked as a specialist teacher for the last 15 years, supporting young people presenting with learning and / or behaviour difficulties.  As well as expertise in personalising learning interventions, I have an interest in developing bespoke nurture provision with schools, both indoors and outdoors, having been trained in nurture and social and therapeutic horticulture.

Qualifications:  BA (Honours) 2:1 in 19th century literature and psychology, Diploma: social and cognitive psychology (converting my degree to a full psychology degree with BPS recognition), PGCE: Primary 3 – 11, Diploma: child development and child development in society.