"At LVS Oxford our commitment is to provide the highest standards of autism specific education to enable our learners to achieve academically, to gain employability skills, and to live as independent a life as possible. We want our young people to be contributing members of society, whilst recognising the challenges that many of them face on a day to day basis with elevated anxiety levels and sensory differences. We aim to provide them with strategies to support them in overcoming the social communication and rigid thinking styles that are common with our cohort of learners.
I am concentrating on a broad and balanced curriculum to enable all our young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve, confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
I was Course Team Leader in an Outstanding West London College, within the Foundation department for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, including Autism. I then joined a special School in Buckinghamshire and established a successful Sixth Form with over 40 students for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. I was then promoted to Deputy Head when the school increased to 90 students.
Academic and vocational progress is something very close to my heart as I am committed to young people with disabilities having access to the same opportunities, choices and experiences in life as neuro-typical young people. I have always had a 100% record in destinations for my students, with all of them going on to employment, assisted employment, college placements, apprenticeships or residential placements.
I studied a Cert Ed, Foundation Degree and BA in Education and training at Greenwich University. I have completed a Post grad Certificate in Asperger Syndrome, a Post Grad Diploma in Autism and a Masters in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. I am a specialist in Asperger Syndrome and offending behaviour and deliver training to the Criminal Justice System in how to respond to people with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. I have completed an NPQH ( National Professional Qualification in Headship) at the Institute of Education in London."
Many of the tasks the students undertake will help build competencies in citizenship, relating to others, managing situations and working as part of a team - all key to being fulfilled and employable adults.