Lizi Pinckney joined the team as Inclusion Consultant for south Oxfordshire alongside Kathy in January 2021. Lizi has 24 years of experience working in education, teaching across the primary age-range in city and rural schools, in the UK and overseas. She was a member of the SLT and SENCO, leading on developing inclusive practice in an Oxfordshire primary school, for 10 years. Then, having gained the Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Educational Practice (Literacy Difficulties) she joined OXSIT in 2014 as a Special Needs Advisory Support Teacher (SNAST) providing specialist support to schools through the Dyslexia Intervention and Assessment Service (DIAS). She has since completed her MA in Education focusing on SEN, Children We Care For, transition and challenging behaviour. Lizi is passionate about inclusion and ensuring the very best provision is in place for all young people. She joined the Oxfordshire Virtual School for Children We Care For in 2016 as Inclusion and Intervention Lead. She continues to work part-time for the Virtual School supporting senior leaders to develop the educational provision of Oxfordshire’s cared for children in primary and secondary schools across the country. In her spare time Lizi can be found running (slowly!) along the country lanes and paths near her home.
Jane Elvidge is the is the Senior Inclusion Consultant for the team. She joined the team in 2014 and has 18 years of experience working in education having taught English across the secondary age range and been Assistant Curriculum Leader for English and Curriculum Leader for Film Studies before becoming SENCO and Inclusion Manager at a local secondary school. Here she developed provision for vulnerable learners with a focus on improving inclusive teaching and learning as a member of the SLT. Jane has a Master’s in Education from Oxford Brookes University which focused on Special Educational Needs and language acquisition and development. She has also completed the National Award for SENCOs (NASENCO) and now teaches on this course at Oxford Brookes University. Jane has extensive experience of supporting leaders in both primary and secondary schools to improve provision and outcomes for pupils with SEND and those entitled to the pupil premium grant. Jane loves walking in the countryside and sunny days in the garden.
Kathy Hodder-Williams joined the team in January 2021. She started her career teaching English in Tokyo before becoming a secondary English teacher and Inclusion Lead in London secondary schools. When she moved to Oxford she trained as a Reading Recovery teacher and worked in a city primary school. She became the SENCO and Designated Teacher for Children We Care For at the same school and was part of the Senior Leadership Team. She has the National Award for SENCOs (NASENCO) from Oxford Brookes University. Kathy led on the MITA project (Maximising Impact of Teaching Assistants) and equipped TAs and teachers to understand how to work effectively together to enable pupils to become independent learners. Kathy also lead on the Every Child a Talker programme in the school, training EYFS staff to maximise opportunities to develop early language skills. Kathy is now working part-time as the SENCO an OCC primary school. She loves reading and being by the sea.
Bekka Spooner joined the OXSIT team in September 2021. Bekka has enjoyed a seventeen-year career working in schools within Oxford City. For ten years Bekka worked as a class teacher and Senior Leader across the key stages in primary schools. After successfully completing the NASENCO award at Oxford Brookes University Bekka has worked as a qualified SENCO raising standards for disadvantaged pupils and pupils with SEND across a primary school. In her most recent Ofsted inspection, it was highlighted that SEND provision was a strength of the school and pupils with special educational needs achieved well because of the support they received. In her role as SENCO Bekka has lead SENCO partnership meetings to promote and share good SEND practice across the partnership. Bekka is passionate about pupil and staff wellbeing and attended training in becoming a mentally healthy school with the charity Place2be to improve mental wellbeing for all stakeholders within her school community. Bekka has also worked with the charity Pets as Therapy to promote pupil wellbeing along with boosting pupil’s confidence with reading. In her spare time Bekka is well known by family, friends and colleagues for her passionate cake making which is guaranteed to put a smile on anybody’s face.