How well do we seek to understand the needs of our children with English as an additional language (EAL) arriving from a multitude of countries and cultures?
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Shirley Johnson BA (Hons), MSc, QTS
Shirley is currently a member of the Inclusion team at One Education.
Shirley has worked for many years in primary and early years in both specialist and mainstream schools. She has taught Key Stage 3 and 4 students with Special Educational Needs and has also taught in Finland.
Almost all of her teaching has been with children who are learning English as an additional language. Her specialisms include early years (3-8), SEND, science, EAL, G & T, thinking skills and outdoor learning.
She is a trained ‘Skogsmulle’ Swedish Forest school leader and has participated in International Symposiums on Outdoor Provision.
She is a keen supporter of parental involvement in children’s education and to this end, has planned and delivered a variety of workshops for parents.
As a former foster carer, Shirley also has a particular interest in the mental health of young children. In this context she has specialised in supporting young children who have suffered both physical and sexual abuse. She has worked on Life Stories with looked after children and has also supported children coping with separation and bereavement.
Shirley has worked in leadership roles in schools and on school improvement intervention teams. She has a Masters in Educational Leadership and Management. Her final study for this degree focused on Leading Inclusive Organisations.