Mary is the PSHE Lead at a Special Needs school where she has worked for the last 10 years. During this time she has become qualified as a Primary teacher (through the GTP programme). She is a class tutor for a Year 9 class and teaches PSHE education (among other subjects) to Years 9-11.
She previously worked in a Primary school as an LSA and then as a SENCO. This year she worked with local school nurses (in collaboration with the Royal Society for Public Health) to devise a Youth Health Champions scheme for students with SEN. Recently, two groups of students from two local SEN schools completed this pilot course and found that it was very successful. She is now working with RSPH to move this work onto a course that will give successful students an entry level qualification.
Working with students whose special needs leave them exceptionally vulnerable in social situations, she has a real passion for all students (whatever their designation) to receive good quality PSHE education - it is not something that should be left to chance.