Portfolio – Ethos, Vision, Strategy (Lead)
I am a Consultant Solicitor and specialise in Family Law. I deal with all issues arising from the breakdown of a family relationship, in particular, financial settlements and child related issues. I am also a qualified Mediator and assist couples in finding a resolution which suits them and sits within the legal framework, as well as allowing them and their children to move forward with minimum disruption and expense.
I train trainee & qualified Mediators for National Family Mediation and I do pro bono work by advising at the Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau. I have been a Trustee of various charities in the past and President and Treasurer of my local Law Society. I have been a school governor at Dysart since 2010.
I began my career in special needs approximately 20 years ago as a Health Care assistant working with adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. After a couple of years working rather strange shift patterns, I moved onto an LSA role at Dysart School. The school, at this time, was situated on the old site in Ham. It was during this time that my passion for ensuring pupils with SEN have access to a high quality education that enables them to be the best they can be, was ignited.
After working at Dysart for approximately 2 years I started my teacher training course at Kingston University, whilst working part time as a family support worker providing after school and holiday support for several children with SEN. After my training I secured my first teaching post at a Special Needs school in Farnborough, Hampshire before moving back to Dysart in 2005 as a class teacher (by this time Dysart was on its current site). The rest of my career to date has been here at Dysart. During this time I have been honoured to see many children flourish, grow and develop into amazing young adults, whom we are all very proud of. I am extremely thankful to our wonderful families for the support they provide the school and for allowing us to be such a large part of theirs and their children’s lives.
Portfolio – Health & Safety, Child Protection and Safeguarding (Lead)
I have 19 years’ experience working with children and adults with learning difficulties/disabilities. I began teaching at Orchard Hill College in 2007 and it was here that I carried out my research study to gain my Master of Arts Professional Study in Education, which I completed in 2010.I currently hold the position of Director of Learning Support Services at Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust.
Portfolio – Finance & Resources (Lead)
I am passionate about making a difference to the lives of children and being a Governor at Dysart has given me the chance to make that difference. I feel privileged and proud that I have been given this opportunity.
In respect of my school experience, I am also a Governor at Hillcross School (encouraged by my eldest grandson who is a pupil there), have been a Board Trustee for the Radius Trust (managing three schools focussed on special educational needs) and was Deputy Chair of Governors at Malden Manor my children’s primary school.
My background and work experience are a mixture of public, private and not for profit sectors. I have worked as the Director of HR Services in the Home Office, a consultant for Insight HR Consultancy and the Executive Director of People at the Orbit Group Housing Association. I now run my own consultancy Tony Williams Associates which focuses on transforming people and organisations. I have also set up Project4Africa which raises funds to Make a difference to the lives of children (we have built a school and maternity unit in Malawi).
What has always driven me is an interest in people and making a difference to their lives. My key skills focus on coaching and mentoring, strategic planning, transforming organisations and people engagement.
In my Governor’s role at Dysart I am the lead for finance and resources.
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Portfolio – Teaching & Learning (Lead)
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Hello, I’m Margo!
I’ve worked as a speech and language for several years now across a range of different settings (early years, mainstream schools, special schools and colleges). I am very passionate about supporting young people with speech, language and communication needs to meet their learning and communication potential. I really enjoy working as part of the school team and I am always happy to help!
Please just send us an email or pass a message to your child’s class teacher. We will get back to you as soon as we can! 😊
Hello, my name is Natasha.
I am one of the speech and language therapist at Dysart. I have worked in early years and mainstream schools and colleges.
I am passionate about working with families, teachers and young people to encourage and develop a child’s speech, language and communication skills. I particularly enjoy captivating a child’s interest by using fun and messy activities!
I am always happy to help, so please do get in touch via email or through the class teacher if you would like to have a chat.
Hi, I’m Nicole!
I’ve been working with students who have special needs for 19 years and have been a speech and language therapy assistant for the past 5 years.
I enjoy working with all the children at Dysart school and I love all things AAC!
Hello, my name is Heini,
I am an assistive technology professional with a particular interest in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). In other words, I use technology in its many forms to enable communication for those students who are unable to use speech. In my role I work closely with education and healthcare professionals and students and their wider social circles. I am part of the glue that holds the entire process together.
I am motivated by my firm beliefs that every student at Dysart School has something to say; that every student is capable of saying it if only we could unlock their means of communication; that it’s never too early to start with AAC and, equally, it’s never too late; that even if a method has failed in the past, it’s always worth another try. Most of all, I believe that if, despite all our endeavours, a student fails to develop communication, it is never, never, never the fault of the student. AAC as a discipline is still in its infancy, and there is so much that we do not know but we must keep trying for every student.
Kara has been working at Dysart school for 14 years teaching across all key stages and has previously led on the school’s assessment. Aswell as doing the Outreach Support she now leads the Family Support Provision at Dysart. Kara enjoys building deeper relationships with schools and families across the borough, ensuring that learning from each other and working collaboratively is at the heart of what she does both with Outreach and Family Support.
The behavior support team at Dysart school is led by Erin Barton. Erin works closely with staff to ensure an ongoing, holistic approach to supporting Dysart pupils. She supports staff to work together more effectively through what they say and do. Erin also works with pupils across the school to provide positive behaviour support and behaviour support plans if needed. At Dysart we recognise that all behaviour is a form of communication and it is Erin’s role to put her detective hat on and discover what is behind the behaviours of an individual pupil. She can then figure out what strategies to put in place in support to enable Dysart pupils to thrive.
Erin, also supports families of our pupils. This can be in the form of a phone call, home visit or making a resource that can be used by families to mirror best practice and bridge the gap between home and school.
Pastoral support at Dysart is led by Natalie Aylan. Natalie has a wealth of experience and expertise. Her role is to ensure that every child is safe, happy, involved and able perform to their potential when at school.
I have been working at Dysart school for 14 years teaching across all key stages and has previously led on the school’s assessment. As well as doing the Outreach Support she now leads the Family Support Provision at Dysart. Kara enjoys building deeper relationships with schools and families across the borough, ensuring that learning from each other and working collaboratively is at the heart of what she does both with Outreach and Family Support.
I have been at Dysart for 31 years and have experience working in a range of classes across both Upper and Lower school. I have assisted many of our families in transitioning their children to colleges or provisions beyond Dysart and previously lead on Travel Training, assisting pupils to access public transport in the wider community. Having supported pupils within the class environment I am now loving the opportunity to do the same for their families, my favourite events are the parent/carer coffee mornings where we get the chance to chat with families in a more informal setting.