I have worked in education for 25 years, almost all teaching children and young people with SEND. I have worked as a primary class teacher and SENCO, for a dyslexia teaching service, in a language resource base, with Looked After Children, for a Learning Support Team in a local authority, and have been a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. I recently taught in and coordinated outreach support for a special school federation and have been a SEN governor for ten years. I have a wide understanding of the needs of pupils with a range of SEND and the challenges that providing the right support can bring to mainstream and special school staff. I am now an Education Development Officer for nasen, the leading organisation supporting professionals working in the field of SEND, where I have led the development of our Early Years SEND Resources and am currently working on the Whole School SEND project. This project is based on collaboration across the sector and the sharing of effective practice to meet the needs of all children and young people, and I am excited to be a part of it.