SIP Specialist Leaders

SLE Behaviour & SEND - Clare Belli

Clare has over 19 years experience working at senior leadership level, providing strategic support to mainstream and special schools across Southampton and Portsmouth. Through consultancy support, coaching, training and research, she has worked collaboratively with Headteachers and SENCos to improve outcomes for pupils with special educational needs.

Clare holds the National Professional Qualification for Headship, an MSc in Specific Learning Difficulties and an MA Ed in Special Needs and Inclusion. As an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association she is also an accredited specialist teacher and assessor for dyslexia. Clare is a designated Specialist Leader in Education for SEN and Behaviour and currently leads the Southampton Advisory Outreach Service for SEND.


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SLE Early Years & SEND - Clare Knight

Clare Knight has nearly 23 years of experience working alongside young children and their families. She has a MA in Early Years Leadership and Child Development and holds the National Qualification for Head Teachers. Clare has been the Teacher-in-Charge of an Early Years setting in Southampton and has worked as an Early Years Advisor for the Local Authority. Clare has extensive experience of supporting children with additional needs and the practitioners who work with them in Early Years settings and Year R classes.

"I have been so lucky to work in Southampton with young children, parents, teachers and practitioners. I believe that high quality adult engagement with children enables them to become life-long learners. Young children are great teachers and I learn something new from them every day!"

Clare is designated as a Specialist Leader of EY and SEND.

SLE English, Phonics & SEND - Janina Spencer

Janina has worked as a teacher in a variety of mainstream and special schools. For the past 6 years she has worked at senior leadership level and more recently as Head of School for the primary department of an all-through special needs school.

Her particular specialism and interest is literacy for pupils with SEND. She has worked collaboratively with both mainstream and special schools to raise standards, lead training and provide literacy support for pupils with SEND. This has included the implementation of phonic programmes for pupils with SEND.

As Lead for the SIP School Direct teacher training programme, Janina now works with aspiring trainee teachers who wish to specialise in SEND. She also works for a charity (ABC to Read) to support children who are struggling to read, spending time weekly within a local mainstream school supporting the programme.

Janina holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties and is a designated specialist leader in education for SEN and literacy (phonics).

SLE Early Years - Theresa Falla-Wilson

Teresa has over 30 years of experience of working in early years’ settings in Southampton. She has set up Early Years provision which she has lead for over 16 years.

Teresa currently leads two Ofsted rated “outstanding” settings, supporting a high proportion of children with English as an additional language, children with additional needs and works alongside vulnerable families to improve outcomes for children.

She has a foundation degree in Early Years and a BA (Hons) in Education and Training.

SLE Behaviour & Attendance - Jo Egerton

Jo has worked in mainstream Southampton and Portsmouth schools for over 17 years and has been part of the leadership team in all of these.

She has been responsible for leading inclusion (including SEND, disadvantaged pupils, EAL and LAC) for the last 7 years and has more recently taken on the role of Assistant then Deputy Head.

Jo has completed the SENCO Accreditation and National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour and Attendance.

Jo is part of the leadership team that moved Bitterne Manor Primary School from good to outstanding.

SLE SEND - Lisa Needham

Lisa has 19 years’ experience working in mainstream and special school settings, with 10 years at leadership level. She has worked as a SENCo in mainstream settings and also delivered outreach support to schools across Hampshire.

Lisa has a CAES in Specific Learning Difficulties, is a designated Specialist Leader in Education for SEN and is currently Head of School (KS2) at Springwell School.

SLE Phonics & SEND - Holly Colbert

Holly is currently Assistant Head at Bevois Town Primary School, which serves a diverse community of learners and their families. She has worked in Mainstream Primary Schools in Southampton for 10 years and has been a SENCo responsible for whole school Inclusion for the last 7 years.  Her current school recently received an Ofsted rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management and Early Years and it was noted that Holly had ‘provided exceptional training and support for staff and is absolutely committed to ensuring that every child makes good progress.’

Holly has been working with schools across the city and in Portsmouth to provide support with developing whole school SEND provision and on improving the outcomes for this group of learners.

Holly completed the SENCO accreditation and holds a Master’s in Education having completed research into children’s reading behaviours and the teaching of phonics.

SLE SEND and Closing the Gap - Tammy Glaire

Tammy has 21 years’ experience of working with pupils with SEND and is currently Assistant Head at Springwell School.  She has a proven track record of raising teaching standards for pupils with SEND and is skilled at coaching and mentoring teachers to bring about improvements in both their teaching and outcomes for pupils.  She also has skills in supporting others to understand pupils with SEND and autism.
Tammy works in collaboration with Winchester University as a visiting speaker and supports Initial Teacher Training students who are taking option modules in SEND and partnership working.  She is Pupil Premium Lead at Springwell School and has delivered PP training to Initial Teacher Training students and NQTs.  Her particular strength is Closing the Gap for pupils with SEND.

Tammy has experience as a governor for SEND and PP at a mainstream primary school.

Tammy has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and holds the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership. She is a designated Specialist Leader of Education for SEND
and Closing the Gap.

Sadie Bedford – SLE for Behaviour & Mental Health

Sadie originally qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in Portsmouth and has a DipHE in Mental Health Studies.  She worked with Hampshire Police and West Sussex Adult Social Services for 15 years gaining valuable front line and strategic experience and skills.

Sadie wanted to add further experience working with children and gained additional qualifications in Children’s Learning and Development. She has worked at a Child Development Centre in West Sussex within a multi-agency health and social care team supporting children with SEN and their families before moving into mainstream schools in Hampshire working directly with children with SEMH and as a Behaviour Lead.

Now as an Outreach Advisory Teacher for Southampton Advisory Outreach Service Sadie gives consultancy, advice and support to staff who work with pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Sadie is designated a Specialist Leader in Education for Behaviour & Mental Health with the Southampton Inclusion Partnership.