SENCO - In 2002, I started working as a Learning Support Assistant at Middlesbrough college. I worked with children and adults with SEN to help them access their higher education. This created a deep passion in me for SEN. I decided that I wanted to go to University to study English so that I could work in education; I wanted to help children access their learning so that they could open up their future and follow the path that they chose. After completing my English Studies degree at Teesside University in 2006, I began working in the Education sector at Bydales Technology College. I started as a Learning Support Assistant and moved on to teaching alternative education. Over the course of ten years, I worked closely with students identified as having SEN needs. This led me to seek avenues which would allow me to help even more students across whole school. In 2016, I started my teacher training with a specialism in English. During this time, I made sure that I took every opportunity to help every student in their journeys through school. In January 2020, I became SENDCO. I am extremely passionate about helping students thrive so that they can have every opportunity to transform their lives and be the best that they can be.