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Meet our 7 Independent Living teachers

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Aniesa Blore

Specialist Independent Living

Hi I’m Aniesa. I’m an occupational therapist working with children and young people in and around Greater London, and Surrey. I have been working with children and their families and teachers for over 20 years. I love the independence that working through occupational therapy can give a child. Independence leads to greater success and achievement, no matter how small the task may seem. Success and achievement to me means being able to contribute to our community. I have a husband who bakes, an 18 year old who is soon off to University, a 16 year old who loves maths, one crazy therapy dog, a new therapy puppy, 2 cats, and I love long walks in the forest. I also love the swings.

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Olivia Carter

Specialist Independent Living

I have been teaching for 8 years and I am currently the lead for EYFS at a school for children with SEND. I’m interested in developing children’s communication skills through the use of AAC including eye gaze technology. I come from a musical background and therefore enjoy engaging children in learning through song and rhythm, especially by singing and playing my ukulele!

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Roseanna Gooder

Specialist Independent Living

I work at a 2-19 special school in the London borough of Camden as Leader of 16-19 Pathway, Vocational and Work Related Learning. I have been teaching for 10 years and support employment training for people with SEND. I am enjoying working with Oak to share ’Independent Living’ teaching and learning ideas with fellow teachers and families to engage with in this new way of working for us all.

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Matthew Granados

Specialist Independent Living

I work at a special school for children aged 2-19. I lead the Semi-Formal Pathway in the lower school where it’s a privilege to work with some inspirational young children, incredible teachers and brilliant teams across the school. I’m passionate about developing independence in young children and am looking forward to sharing and learning with many more children, families and other teachers.

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Katy Henry

Specialist Independent Living

As Leader of the Semi-Formal Pathway, my role is to ensure the curriculum provides all learners the opportunity to maximise their understanding of the world around them and increase their level of independence.  I have worked in education for over 10 years, specialising in SEND. After completing a PGCE in 2010, I began my journey in to the classroom as an A-Level lecturer, then took a natural step towards Special Education in 2014. I’m interested in dance and the creative arts so enjoy bringing song and dance into my lessons!

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Maurice Minette-George

Specialist Independent Living

I’m currently the Assistant Head of an SEN school and have been in the role for five years. I’ve been working in Special Education for the last ten years and I am passionate about all young people achieving their aspirations and improving life outcomes. I love facilitating learning through creativity and real life experiences.

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Melanie Walker

Specialist Independent Living

I’m a teacher and Formal Pathway lead at a school in Camden. I have been teaching for nine years and still love that no two days are ever the same. I currently teach a group of eleven students aged between 13 to 16, but have taught both primary and secondary during my eight years at my school. I love human sciences, particularly anything to do with the brain!