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Meet our 4 Communication and Language teachers

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Rebecca Ball

Primary & Specialist Communication and Language

Hello I’m Becky Ball, I am a class teacher at St Giles which is an outstanding special school in Derby City. I teach a class of pupils, many of whom have a diagnosis of autism. They are developing their early communication skills through using key words and phrases. The part I most enjoy about my job is researching and adapting planning to provide the children with creative lessons that engage all of my pupils. I also focus on independence within the classroom, as it is this skill that can have a huge impact on a child’s life. When I’m not in the classroom you can find me on longs walks with my dog Teddy.

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Cameron Beattie

Specialist Communication and Language

I am currently an SEN secondary teacher based in Leeds with specialisms in English and music. I have been based at a generic SILC for seven years working with a range of pupils. I have a keen interest and a lot of experience in working with SEMH pupils. The best parts of my job are spending time communicating with pupils and seeing young people be brave enough to push themselves outside their comfort zones to make progress!

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Alison Ley

Specialist Communication and Language

My current role is Director of an SEND Teaching School. I provide support and training for teachers regardless of where they are in their career from trainees to leaders. I am passionate about ensuring all pupils receive the best support and education possible ensuring that they are all able to progress.

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Katherine Shearer

Specialist Communication and Language, Early Development Learning

I am a Special Educational Needs teacher for pupils of a range of ages. I have a specific interest in all things communication. I am a huge fan of Intensive Interaction, play and Makaton signing!