Name: Maria Constantinou
Statement: I am a Specialist Leader in Education for SEND and Deputy Head and Inclusion Leader at St. Mary’s Primary School in East Barnet, where Inclusion is recognised as an ‘Area of Excellence’.
I have also co-written the SEN primary training materials for Teaching Leaders. In addition, my work at St. Mary’s was recognised in DfE training materials for school leaders on the SEND reforms. Most recently, I have been selected to deliver SEND support on the part DfE funded programme SEN Leaders and am working with secondary mainstream schools to further develop SEND practice. I have developed links with the organisation ‘Driver Youth Trust’ and have been deployed to deliver dyslexia awareness training which is initially being rolled out across practitioners across Barnet.
I am now working as a member of the Institute of Education’s Maximising the Impact of Teaching Assistants practitioner team contributing to continuing school improvement.