Meet the team / Katie Cheshire
I have taught for eleven years across EYFS and Primary schools. I have been a SENCo for seven years and more recently, an Assistant Head, Inclusion Leader & Co-ordinator for Children who are Looked After. During this time I have obtained a wealth of experience in supporting children with a variety of SEND including autism, attachment needs and ADHD.
I am passionate about supporting and understanding every child as a unique individual. I enjoy having to think outside of the box, particularly supporting children with communication and interaction difficulties and/or social difficulties. In more recent years I have worked closely with a number of children in care and previously looked after children, alongside their carers/parents, as well as pupils known to Edge of Care services. Through these experiences I have become increasingly interested in the overlaps, similarities and differences between autism and attachment difficulties and the impact that adverse childhood experiences can have on the sensory processing needs of a child. Being an adoptive parent myself, I have had additional training in these areas.
I recognise that it is a privilege to work with every child. I have worked with a number of remarkable children over the years and I look forward to working with many more.
Qualifications: BA (English Literature & Philosophy), PGCE, Special Educational Needs Coordination, PGDip (Inclusion: Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties)
Additional accreditations: Licensed Thrive Practitioner.