Emma has been teaching and supporting children with additional learning needs for fifteen years. She has a passion for ensuring every child has the opportunity to succeed and to feel valued.
Her career began as a special needs and PPA teacher in Gendros Primary School, in Swansea before going on to manage with great success the ALN department in Casllwchwr Primary School as Inclusion Manager/SENCo. Emma developed whole school strategies to support dyslexia and Speech and language difficulties, this led to the school being awarded Dyslexia Friendly School Status and Speech and Language Friendly Status and was deemed outstanding practice by ESTYN when they inspected the school in 2010.
Whilst working in these roles, Emma also worked with the inclusion advisors from the LEA in Swansea. This involved SEN audits in local primary schools, delivering ALN training to teachers and teaching assistants and speaking at conferences across the UK.
Emma also project managed the Voice for Autism network across Swansea and Neath/Port Talbot for the international award winning LIFE Programme. The network looked at how to effectively support children with autism through using technology in school, home and their local area with great impact across the Programme.
Over the last year Emma has been working for the Cayman Island Government as an Inclusion Specialist. This involved working with children from different cultures and life experiences across the island. During this time she also worked with students in the pupil behaviour unit, speech and language class and a school for children with moderate and severe learning needs.
She is committed to sharing her knowledge and experiences with staff and students to create a positive learning environment where they both can feel confident and fulfilled. Emma is looking forward to joining the Aspire 2Be team and working within its current programmes as well as delivering bespoke ALN digital tech projects.