Andrew is the Safeguarding, Ambition and Inclusion Lead for an Academy Trust [with 15 schools] based in the North of England.
Andrew’s most recent role was Head of School / SENDCo at a Primary School in Bradford. He has been in school leadership since 2008, in a range of roles and different schools, from large inner-city primary schools to ones in a more suburban setting. Andrew’s real passion has been for safeguarding and inclusion.
Andrew has developed provision for SEND pupils, pupils who are International New Arrivals, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and supported in other areas such as attendance and safeguarding. This has ranged from creating specialist resourced provision to mentoring and coaching teachers. Andrew has supported other members of staff to lead on these areas too, for example training new DSLs.
Andrew has led SEND reviews across Focus Trust, looking at areas of compliance as well as provision for children.
Andrew is extremely passionate about supporting pupils’ mental health and wellbeing. He has developed systems and provision to support children and train staff. This has been extremely well received by parents and children and successfully reviewed by external specialists.
Andrew is a trained coach and is skilled at mentoring and coaching. He has mentored a number of ECTs as well as Trainee teachers.