Martin Gallop – Head of Pupil Support
Martin has been a teacher since 2007, working in two ultra large primary schools in Milton Keynes. He has been employed at TMA since 2014. He has experience of both KS1 and KS2 and has extensive experience of working with children with ASD, Communication and Interaction, SEMH and SP needs. Whilst working at his previous school, he assumed the role of ‘Head of Behaviour’ overseeing a complete overhaul of the schools’ behaviour management mindset, supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. He completed his studies towards the National Award for Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator in July 2016. He is currently the SENCo, Head of Pupil Support and the school’s Pupil Premium Lead. This academic year, Martin has also assumed a more prominent position within the school’s Safeguarding team.
Karen Field – Specialist Inclusion Teacher
Karen has been teaching for 30 years in all year groups from Foundation to Year 6 as well as in both Private and State school in both the UK and South Africa. She has experience teaching a cross section of educational need including mainstream, SEN and BESD children. She has also managed Nurture Group for children with a high-level of trauma, attachment and specific learning needs. She has a wealth of knowledge of leading provision for children with ASD, ADHD, BESD and SLD. Karen oversees the Haven and Hive SEND Learning Provisions within the school and is an expert on EHCP paperwork.
Natalie Phillips – Children’s Well-being Coach
Natalie has worked within TMA as a Learning Support Assistant previously working with a wide range of children. She is currently Two Mils Ash’s Children’s Wellbeing Specialist with a wealth of experience and passion for children’s wellbeing including: exploring emotions, anxiety, mindfulness, attachment and friendships. She has a Place2Be qualification in counselling children within schools, is NHS Emotional First Aid trained and is our Relax Kids expert. The impact Natalie has had on the lives of innumerable children during her time in the role has been outstanding!
Emma Sadler – Pupil Support Admin Assistant
Emma is the Pupil Support Administrator who has a wealth of responsibilities within the team. Organising Pupil Support meetings, ensuring that minutes of meetings are shared and external agency reports as well as managing the SEND and PP files are just a few. The best person to ask with regards to paperwork and forms!
Laura Black – Speech and Language Therapist
Laura completed her degree in Speech and Language Therapy at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and has 2 years’ experience in working in the NHS as well as working for TMA for the past 2 years. Laura has worked with a number of different speech, language and communication needs, including Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), Selective Mutism, Speech delays and phonological disorders, Language delays, Specific Language Impairment, Downs Syndrome, stammering and Global Delay. Laura works full time at TMA and currently supports teaching staff and LSAs to gain a better understanding of SLCN through staff training and daily liaison, and provides individual and group interventions both within and outside of the classroom. Laura also provides external training packages for schools across Milton Keynes and Beyond.
Claire Hubbard –Admissions and Attendance Administrator
Claire is the administrator overseeing new admissions and absences. She is the first point of contact for potential new applicants and is able to answer the initial queries of these parents. Claire is also responsible for the daily attendance and absence register and monitoring those children with recurring absences. In these instances, she liaises closely with the head of pupil support, the reception team and the safeguarding lead.
Learning Support Assistants
Donna has over nine years of experience in the learning support assistant role. She has a plethora of experience within the Communication and Interaction area of SEND, previously working within a Speech and Language Department and with children with ASD. She has undertaken training for an introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has also undertaken Talkboost groups within TMA.
Kim has over eight years of experience at TMA, working across Year 5, 4 and 3. Kim also has experience working 1 to 1 with children with various high-level needs, including ASD, Attachment Disorder and Downs Syndrome. Kim has undergone training on Kaleidoscope, Attachment Disorder and Read Write Inc. Phonics.
Amanda has 16 years of experience working within childcare. She has undertaken leadership roles such as named SENCo for an early years setting assisting children with EAD, Speech and language difficulties, behavioural and ASD among other areas of need. Amanda has been working at TMA within KS2 as 1-1 support, taking intervention groups and now supports the Year 6 team.
Sue has over 16 years of experience working at TMA, working across all year groups within the school. Sue previously worked as a registered nurse and does first aid duty daily in the medical room as Deputy Matron. She has a wealth of experience across a range of intervention groups such as phonics, speaking and listening, fine motor skills, handwriting, kaleidoscope, reading comprehension, maths and SPAG.
Carla has worked in schools for the last 6 years ranging from secondary to primary. Carla is an ex-pupil of Two Mile Ash and is pleased to be back here to support her local community and their children. She has worked closely within the special needs department, ASD and ADD being her expertise. She had undergone a range of training within this area and put this into practice. Having undertaken a basic Sign Language course, Carla is able to communicate with non-hearing people initially. Carla has undertaken areas of teacher training and is able to bring this knowledge when supporting children and differentiate learning activities accordingly to meet their needs.
Sabah previously worked in Denmark with children, working in a language base. Sabah started working at TMA as a volunteer, then moved on to being a Lunchtime Supervisor. She now works full-time as a Learning Support Assistant. She has a wealth of knowledge and has formed some lasting bonds with the children. She has a strong knowledge of how to deal with behavioural issues and has expertise with learning support for children and enjoys working within an ASD setting. Sabah helps children who have English as an Additional Language and can speak Danish and Swahili. Sabah contributes to the running of The Haven.
Lisa has worked within the school environment as a Learning Support Assistant for over 20 years and has supported a range of children with differing needs in this time.
She has a Diploma in Supporting Learners with Special Educational Needs and she has undertaken a plethora of training courses predominantly centered around ‘nurture’.
Abbie recently joined the TMA Pupil Support Team as a part-time LSA to support children with additional needs, both with the Haven, as well as within the classroom. Abbie’s experience centres around volunteering at Two Mile Ash school. She is working closely with the Haven team to gain experience in SEND.