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Teaching and Learning - Special

  • Lawrence Terroni

    Lawrence Terroni

    Key areas of expertise: Director at a large pupil referral unit

    Lawrence Terroni is currently Deputy Headteacher at the North East Essex Cooperative Academy and Chairs the Behaviour and Attendance Partnership, working across 14 secondary schools. He supports schools with challenging school admissions, supervises all managed moves in the area and maintains and develops the work of the partnership which has grown substantially over the last eight years. Much of his work involves supporting Headteachers and Senior Leaders in schools to improve outcomes for young people who are at risk of exclusion. He has sound knowledge of pupil referral Units and the national agenda with regards to alternative provision. Lawrence started teaching in 1996 and he has been a Head of Dept, Faculty and Year, moving into Senior Leadership as an Assistant Headteacher in 2006. In 2008 he took a position as Assistant Head Pastoral at a school in special measures and worked as part of a new team which moved the school in 6 months to a ‘satisfactory’ rating (by-passing the old category of ‘notice to improve’) . He has experience in developing and re-structuring staff teams and creating systems from the ground up to monitor behaviour and attendance. Lawrence is an experienced designated person for child protection and delivers regular training sessions to school teachers, student teachers and support staff on this subject and many aspects of behaviour management. Consistently rated outstanding in the classroom he has taught a range of subjects from English to Religious Education, however his specialism is drama.

  • Lucy MacNaughton

    Lucy MacNaughton

    Specialist areas of Interest:
    SEND -MLD, SLD, SpLD, SaLD, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Behaviour, Multi-sensory teaching and learning, Outdoor learning -including forest schools, Staff mentoring and coaching, Initial Teacher Training, NQT support and development, Personalised learning, Curriculum Development, Research

    Lucy MacNaughtan is an experienced teacher and middle leader working at Lexden Springs Special School in Colchester. She has been in her current role for the last four years and prior to this she has many years experience working as a mainstream primary school teacher both in Essex, London and overseas. Lucy is interested in establishing and developing innovative working practices drawing upon the strengths of each individual and taking into account different learning styles, settings and situations. Lucy enjoys developing personalised learning opportunities and bespoke teaching to ensure success for all. Lucy is forest schools trained and she has worked with colleagues to develop enriching outdoor learning experiences.
    Lucy has worked alongside many trainee teachers and NQT’s, mentoring and coaching them successfully. Lucy has also worked with mainstream school colleagues in primary schools to offer transitional support to new children starting at Lexden Springs School. Lucy is interested in research and has worked extensively in school helping to deliver and support the NFER Enquiring Schools programme. In July 2016, under Lucy’s guidance, Lexden Springs School was the first special school in the country to be awarded the NFER Research Mark. Lucy also has experience of working in other educational settings and alongside staff from Anglia Ruskin University and from the University of East London. In 2014 she was awarded an MA in Education.

  • Marie Saunders

    Marie Saunders

    Key strengths:
    SEND including Autism & Behaviour, Assessment and data collection to monitor impact, SEND Post 16 curriculum, Developing and leading whole-school Mental Health initiative, Research in education.

    Marie is an experienced teacher and Middle Leader at Lexden Springs School, an SLD school for pupils aged 3-19 years with severe learning difficulties and Autism where she has worked for 9 years including 7 years in the Post 16-19 department leading their off-site Post 16 provision. Marie’s teaching career began in London as a peripatetic music teacher for several London Boroughs in primary and secondary. Marie led the school through the process of transferring from Statements of SEN to the current Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) and delivered presentations to other schools and professionals in Essex. She has also delivered other whole-school CPD sessions. As a teacher governor for nearly 9 years at Lexden Springs, Marie a gained a valuable insight into collaborative working, whole school strategic planning, implementing School Development Plans, effective monitoring, data triangulation and the importance of developing strong parent/carer relationships and links with the community. Having completed a Master’s in Education at Anglia Ruskin University, Marie is keen to promote using evidence-based research and ‘appreciative enquiry’ methods to drive new school initiatives. She is currently working with NFER to renew her school’s Enquiring School’s Research Mark, believing that with professional collaboration, a wealth of knowledge and teacher expertise already exists in schools to facilitate and effect change through reflective practice.

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