Joanne Geddes

School St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
Current Position Deputy Head Teacher
Designation Specialist Leader of Education
Designated Specialism Special Educational Needs
Background I began teaching in 1999 after graduating from St Mary’s University College in Twickenham. I spent sixteen years at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Blaydon, and joined St Anne’s as Deputy Head Teacher in June 2015. I have experience of phase leadership across Key Stage 1 and 2, as well as leading SEN provision and inclusion.

In 2009 I took on the role as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, gaining the National Qualification for this in 2011. Within this role I developed clear, consistent procedures and practices for identifying and assessing needs; planning for individual provision and interventions; bespoke interventions based on needs; and systems to track and review progress. As part of my SENCo and Phase Leadership I managed the collation and analysis of data across the whole school and for specific groups of children. This greatly impacted on improving outcomes for all pupils.

Further to this I completed a PGC in teaching SpLD (Dyslexia), which enabled me to further improve my own practice and to provide CPD for colleagues to improve classroom and individual interventions.  In 2014 I also completed Rainbows training which led to running bereavement and loss groups on a weekly basis, offering emotional support to children experiencing loss through bereavement, divorce and serious illness.

In June 2015 I accepted a secondment to St Anne’s Catholic School to assist the Head Teacher in driving school improvement, which has now led to a permanent position as Deputy Head Teacher.