Susan Parkinson is an Assistant Headteacher and SENCo at Shadsworth Junior School in Blackburn, Lancashire.
She began her teaching career nearly 30 years ago as a class teacher in a Primary School. 10 years ago Susan became a member of the Senior Leadership team at Shadsworth Juniors and embarked on the MA qualification to become the school SENCo.
More recently she took on the additional responsibility of Assistant Head.
Shadsworth Juniors is an inclusive school with over 50 per-cent of the pupils being on the SEND Profile.
In order to cater for this high level of need the school has developed a number of different SEND provisions to cater for the wide variety of needs.
Staff aim to celebrate the children’s strengths and work tirelessly to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum to inspire and enthuse pupils.
Shadsworth Juniors has held IQM Flagship status for several years and Susan believes the school has learnt a great deal through the annual reviews, cluster meetings and links with other schools and settings.