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Our SEND Reviewers

A SEND Review looks at how a school is managing it’s SEND provision.

As a reviewer, system leaders will work with you to improve your school’s SEND strategy so that funding is spent on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

They will carry out a focused review of your school’s current provision and work with you to put in place an improved strategy, including planned spend, on specific evidence-based approaches.

Reviewers have a track record in making a difference with disadvantaged pupils. These system leaders are responsible for the delivery of an effective review. They will usually hold an initial discussion with the Headteacher of the commissioning school.

Beyond this, reviewers may deploy other members of their leadership team with expertise in this area, including Middle Leaders and SLEs, to lead aspects of the review.

Our Team

Meet our SEND Reviewers:

Claire Buffham

Head of LEARN
Director of Education – C.I.T Academies

Director of Education for SEND at Community Inclusive Trust and as part of her role Claire set up and is responsible for the Lincolnshire Education and Research Network Teaching School Alliance (LEARN). Her vision for LEARN is to create a central hub to meet the SEN needs of all Lincolnshire schools, and she has worked in education for 26 years, specifically the SEN sector since 2001.

Emily Walker

Director of LEARN
Regional SEND Lead
for Whole School SEND (WSS) –
East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber

Emily has worked in education for 23 years. She has worked in both Primary and Secondary settings and previous to joining LEARN was Assistant Head for a Specialist Secondary School for 7 years.
Emily is passionate about supporting teachers to play an active role in making sure all children have equal opportunities no matter what their starting point. She believes strongly that all children deserve the best possible chance to succeed.

Richard Gamman

Headteacher – Boston Endeavour Academy

Richard trained as a secondary teacher of Humanities and has taught in mainstream secondary, residential SEMH, and as a VSO volunteer teacher in Kenya before retraining as an Educational Psychologist. As an Educational Psychologist, Richard specialises in Autism and support to Fostered and Adopted Children. After 4 years as Principal Educational Psychologist at Peterborough City Council, Richard returned to teaching at Spring Common School in Huntingdon where he was in charge of Autism provision between 2011 and 2015. In 2015 Richard joined the Spalding Special Schools Federation and is now Headteacher at a specialist, all provision school in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Vicky Chapman

Assistant Headteacher & Curriculum Lead – Ambergate Sports College

Vicky has worked at GANF since starting as an NQT in September 2013. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, where she obtained a (BA Hons) Primary Education with QTS Degree.
Vicky has had the pleasure of teaching both lower and upper school pupils, which has supported her role of Curriculum Lead, to help ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order to progress to the best have of their abilities.

Alison Redfern

Assistant Headteacher – Ambergate Sports College
SENCO – GANF Schools and Poplar Farm School

Alison graduated from Worcester University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and then went onto gain a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University.
She has worked in Special Educational Needs all of her career and taught across all of the four key stages.
She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education – Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development, along with the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Paul Hill

Director of Primary Education for C.I.T Academies

Having been in education for the past 18 years, Paul has accomplished the roles of Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Head. Now as a Director of Education for a MAT Trust, Paul completes regular health checks across primary schools. He ensures the schools are supported and challenged, and deliver the best education to their pupils.

James Ellis

Director of School Support & Growth for C.I.T Academies

James has been Headteacher of Ambergate Sports College, an Outstanding Specialist school for pupils from Primary through to Secondary, for the last 5 years and has just moved to open a new free school for SEMH pupils (Foxfields Academy). Discovering a passion to work with pupils who have additional needs, James feels very strongly about providing a balanced education for all, regardless of ability.

Leigh Bentley

Deputy Director of Education (SEND) at C.I.T Academies

Leigh has worked within mainstream and special education for over 20 years, from Early Years through to Post-16. Most recently he was the Headteacher of an Outstanding school for young people with complex Mental Health difficulties.
Leigh has a passion for special educational needs and supporting young people to achieve their best possible outcomes.

Claire Moore

Senior Deputy Headteacher (Spalding Special Schools)

Claire has worked in education for 20 years, initially in a mainstream primary school as a class teacher. Claire has spent the last 15 years working at The Garth, a school which caters for children and young adults with profound, significant and multiple learning difficulties and complex health care needs.
As Claire’s knowledge, skills and passion for SEND education flourished, so did her career drive. She was appointed as Assistant Headteacher in 2008, followed by Head of School in January 2018 and subsequently Headteacher in January 2020. Claire is exceptionally passionate about the world of SEND education and has continued to further develop the school’s culture of treating all pupils as individuals and supporting them to be best prepared for the next phase of their education and for their transition into adulthood and life after The Garth School.
More recently, Claire has become an SLE, with her specialist areas being ‘SEND Education’ and ‘Behaviour Management for Children and Young Adults with ASD’. Claire is now working towards supporting the SEND Review process.

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