Seamus is an experienced mainstream secondary SENCo with strategic responsibility for all students on the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) register. His experience includes the leadership of the SEND department, the implementation of a SEND parents' forum, performance management system for teaching assistants and information dissemination. Seamus has been a member of the Stockport SEND panel allowing him to gain in-depth knowledge and experience of the education, health and care (EHC) plan process outside of the school setting. Seamus splits his time between being a SENCo and a class teacher which enables him to understand SEND from a practical, teaching perspective as well as that of a leader. He has a solid understanding of budgets and how to use them effectively to create and provide specific specialist provision for children with SEND.
Curriculum Vitae - Seamus Mannion
Why should educational settings choose EHP?
As a SEND professional I pride myself in being able to consider all situations from the perspective of the child or young adult. Working hard to gain the trust and respect of young people, and their parents and/ or carers is , for me, the most effective form of intervention a SENCo has at their disposal. EHP has these values at its' core which is why I chose to work with them. The range of coordinated services offered by EHP's professionals is something that has been missing for many children, parents and schools throughout my time as a SENCo.
Describe your approach to students in 3 words.
There for them.
What will you provide that other SEND professionals won't?
Humour, blue sky thinking, analytical thinking, innovation.
What do you believe about SEND?
Focus should never be on the problem, but on what you are trying to achieve.
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