I have been working in schools for 27 years, most of which was spent in mainstream primary schools. My main interest while in mainstream was working with the children who had additional needs, particularly those with emotional and behavioural difficulties. After a period as a class teacher, I then worked as a SENCo for about 15 years before making the decision to move to CDPLS in ‘January 2012.
School Business Manager
I am Julia Jordan, the School Business Manager and I manage the non-curriculum areas: finance, personnel, administration, site issues and health & safety. I’ve been working here since 2003 – at that time we were a small centre for 12 students. There’s been lots of changes since then, but our conversion to a sponsored academy is by far the most exciting.
Senior School Leader
I taught Mathematics in secondary schools in the South West for eight years between 2000 and 2008, including four years as a Second in Department. I then worked as a Mathematics Teacher at the KS4 PRU in Exeter for two years before a promotion to a middle leadership post in the North Devon PRU. I also studied with the Open University areas such as ‘Inclusive Education’, ‘Researching Mathematics Education’ and ‘Managing Behaviour in Schools’. These courses led to an ‘Advanced Diploma in Equality and Diversity’ and a ‘Masters Degree in Education’. In the summer of 2014 I returned to the Exeter PRU service as a Teacher of Mathematics before a promotion to Key Stage 4 Learning and Standards Manager in January 2015. I see building positive relationships as the key to managing behaviour in schools and enjoy seeing how students develop both socially and academically in their time with us.
Primary School Leader
I have worked in mainstream primary schools for fifteen years teaching across all Key Stages including Early Years Foundation Stage. During this time I took the role of SENDCo and Key Stage One Leader. Alongside teaching, my main focus was working with individual children to support and develop their social, emotional and behavioural needs. I pride myself on building positive relationships with children to help them achieve their full potential. I am delighted to have joined CDA as the Learning and Standards Manager in Primary since September 2016.