Louise Simpson’s working life has focused on supporting the most vulnerable young people and communities, from operational front-line duties as a teacher and Acting Deputy Head in Newham, to many diverse roles in Kent.
Her 22 years at Kent County Council always focused on inclusion, equality of access and supporting those disadvantaged by their circumstances and the systems they sometimes find themselves in.
She regularly undertook project work with primary and secondary schools which included training, teaching and learning audits, self-evaluation activities, policy and curriculum development and monitoring of resources for impact including pupil premium.
As Interim Head of Inclusion in Kent Louise managed a range of services including minority ethnic achievement, attendance, inclusion (preventing exclusion), education needs of youth offenders, children missing education, teenage parents and elective home education. She has a range of experience in the SEND area and has had oversight of the Portage Service and the parent partnership service.
Most recently she has managed Provision and Evaluation Officers working with schools with pupils with EHC plans and managed a team responding to requests for statutory assessment and issuing of plans.
Louise also has a long history of supporting refugee and asylum seeking pupils including unaccompanied young people.
Louise’s broad experience enables her to look at inclusion in a holistic way both strategically and with practical strategies.
She is currently the safeguarding link governor in a special school and has held the safeguarding responsibility in many of her roles.