I have over 20 years of experience of working in education and have undertaken a number of roles across three local authorities. For the last six years, I have worked as a specialist teacher for the Special Educational Needs Teaching and Support Service (SENTASS) at Newcastle City Council. My role mainly involves assessing pupils for dyslexia, training school staff and working with parents and other professionals. Although my specialist interest is dyslexia, I have a wide range of experience in working with children with special educational needs. I started my career at West Jesmond Primary School as a KS2 teacher in 1996. I then moved to a primary school in Warrington to take on the role of SENCO and I also worked as an assistant educational psychologist for the authority during a two term secondment. After a house move to Chester, I worked as the lead teacher in an infant assessment unit within a mainstream school. We returned to the North East in 2006 and I worked at Moorside Primary School in Newcastle as an SEN Teacher for several years.
I live in Darras Hall and am married to Ben who works as a GP in Newcastle. We have two children, who both attended Darras Hall First School. Laurence was lucky enough to complete his primary education at Darras Hall Primary School.