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Our SEND Reviewers

A SEND Review looks at how a school is managing it’s SEND provision.

As a reviewer, system leaders will work with you to improve your school’s SEND strategy so that funding is spent on approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.

They will carry out a focused review of your school’s current provision and work with you to put in place an improved strategy, including planned spend, on specific evidence-based approaches.
Reviewers have a track record in making a difference with disadvantaged pupils. These system leaders are responsible for the delivery of an effective review they will usually hold an initial discussion with the Headteacher of the commissioning school.

Beyond this, reviewers may deploy other members of their leadership team with expertise in this area, including Middle Leaders and SLEs, to lead aspects of the review.

Our Team

Meet our SEND Reviewers:

Claire Buffham

Head of LEARN
Director of Education – C.I.T Academies

Director of Education for SEND at Community Inclusive Trust and as part of her role Claire set up and is responsible for the Lincolnshire Education and Research Network Teaching School Alliance (LEARN). Her vision for LEARN is to create a central hub to meet the SEN needs of all Lincolnshire schools, and she has worked in education for 26 years, specifically the SEN sector since 2001.

Emily Walker

Director of LEARN

Emily has worked in education for 23 years. She has worked in both Primary and Secondary settings and previous to joining LEARN was Assistant Head for a Specialist Secondary School for 7 years.
Emily is passionate about supporting teachers to play an active role in making sure all children have equal opportunities no matter what their starting point. She believes strongly that all children deserve the best possible chance to succeed.

Richard Gamman

Head of School – John Fielding Special School

Richard trained as a secondary teacher of Humanities and has taught in mainstream secondary, residential SEMH, and as a VSO volunteer teacher in Kenya before retraining as an Educational Psychologist. As an Educational Psychologist, Richard specialises in Autism and support to Fostered and Adopted Children. After 4 years as Principal Educational Psychologist at Peterborough City Council, Richard returned to teaching at Spring Common School in Huntingdon where he was in charge of Autism provision between 2011 and 2015. In 2015 Richard joined the Spalding Special Schools Federation and is now Head of School at a specialist, all provision school in Boston, Lincolnshire.

Vicky Chapman

Assistant Headteacher & Curriculum Lead – Ambergate Sports College

Vicky has worked at GANF since starting as an NQT in September 2013. She studied at Bishop Grosseteste University, where she obtained a (BA Hons) Primary Education with QTS Degree.
Vicky has had the pleasure of teaching both lower and upper school pupils, which has supported her role of Curriculum Lead, to help ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced curriculum in order to progress to the best have of their abilities.

Alison Redfern

Assistant Headteacher – Ambergate Sports College
SENCO – GANF Schools and Poplar Farm School

Alison graduated from Worcester University with a BA(Hons) in English Literature and then went onto gain a PGCE from Nottingham Trent University.
She has worked in Special Educational Needs all of her career and taught across all of the four key stages.
She gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education – Addressing Difficulties in Literacy Development, along with the National Award for SEN Coordination.

Paul Hill

Director of Primary Education for C.I.T Academies

Having been in education for the past 18 years, Paul has accomplished the roles of Teacher, Headteacher and Executive Head. Now as a Director of Education for a MAT Trust, Paul completes regular health checks across primary schools. He ensures the schools are supported and challenged, and deliver the best education to their pupils.

Denise Parker

Owner – SENCO Solutions