Who else can help?

Elaine Redpath

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

“I have worked at North Ridge High School as an assistant head leading in key stage 5 since 2010. I am the school lead for careers and work related learning and have experience of developing work experience projects from their beginning and sustaining some of them for many years. I am responsible for transition and have a wealth of knowledge about destination options for all level of SEND learners both at the end of key stage 4 and 5. My favourite subject to teach is “cook it” and can offer advice on differentiation for learners in a practical lesson.”


Paul Rogers

Head of KS4, Music and Computing

“I have been working with children and young people within an SEN setting for over 10 years. I am a trained secondary school music teacher. Since working within an SEN setting, I have come to fully appreciate how to build and develop inclusive and differentiated lessons and curriculums. As lead for Music and Computing I have been able to integrate the Skills for Life curriculum (communication, self-management, self-belief, problem solving and teamwork) into the purpose and rationale of these subjects.”


Shauna Thornton

Head of KS3 and Mathematics Lead

“I am a trained primary school teacher and quickly found passion in teaching in an SEN setting which is what brought me to North Ridge. I have  been here at North Ridge throughout my teaching career and have developed specific knowledge and skills in supporting pupils with additional needs over the last 6 years. I am the Key Stage Three Assistant Head Teacher and an enthusiastic Mathematics lead. These roles enable me to offer support in my specialist areas: mathematics, differentiation and providing a small step curriculum for pupils with additional needs. I am also trained in ELKLAN strategies in learning environments to support pupils’ communication, independence and understanding of their immediate environment and therefore can also offer support in this area.”


Sarah Darby

ASD, Behaviour and Assessment

“I am an Assistant Head Teacher at North Ridge with the responsibility for Behaviour, ASD and Assessment. I have been teaching at North Ridge since 2014.  I am also a SEND SLE (Specialist Leader of Education) and have experience working with schools to develop and improve their skills in supporting pupils on the Autistic Spectrum, behaviour management and assessment. I have delivered training in school and as part of our outreach service to mainstream and specialist support schools in the key areas above.  I have been part of a team leading on improving reading and writing for pupils with Autism and complex needs. I have delivered training and used coaching and mentoring to support colleagues to develop their teaching of reading and writing. I am trained in PECS, Lego Based Therapy and ELKLAN and have experience using these strategies to support pupil’s communication skills”


Brian Goodwin

Lead Teacher for English Language and Communication

“I completed my training as a primary teacher with a specialism in MFL in 2009 and worked in primary schools for 7 years before moving to work in SEN at North Ridge. I have a Masters in Language Education and wrote my dissertation on the implementation of the Talk for Writing literacy approach in the classroom. As Lead for English Language and Communication, I use the knowledge that I gained researching that subject and the training I have received from the National Literacy Trust, to support the staff within school to adapt and implement the Talk for Writing approach at North Ridge. Starting in a PMLD /SLD experiential class in 2016, I am now in my third year as teacher of the main PMLD class, working closely with the school nurse, physiotherapy team and SaLT”.


Chloe Flanagan

Lead teacher for PHSCE inc RSE and LAC

“I initially trained as a teacher in Secondary Mainstream school, specialising in Music, however I soon developed a keen interest in working with SEND pupils. I have worked within special needs education for 10 years, working at North Ridge High School for 8 years. I teach within the ASD and Complex Needs department. I have a high level of experience in development of communication and behaviour and have received full PECS training.  I also Co-ordinate PHSCE and RSE at North Ridge High School as well as being the lead teacher for looked after children”.


Ross Smith

Lead TA for Behaviour

“I am the Lead Teaching Assistant Behaviour here at North Ridge High School and I have over 10 years’ experience working with a wide range of pupils supporting them with their behavioural needs. I have been a Team Teach tutor for over 5 years and in this period and have used this knowledge to help support pupils develop self-management techniques and staff improve their de-escalation and crisis management skills . At school I provide lots of support to staff in writing and developing individual behaviour plans for pupils and also in analysing incidents that occur so that our responses are the best they can be to respond to pupils needs.”


We can also offer support in the following areas:


-Adapting practical lessons for SEN learners

-Team Teach

-Sign Supported English


-Moving and Handling

-Skills for life




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