Belmont School’s Outreach Team

Belmont has a wealth of experienced staff who can offer school to school support in a range of topics. Meet the Belmont School Outreach Team below to find out about them and the training/support they can offer.

Kevin Day

Kevin Day has been a teacher within Gloucestershire schools for over 20 years, with a particular focus and skills around Special Educational Needs, behavioral interventions, safeguarding and the leadership and motivation of staff.  After 14 years of experience within secondary schools he was appointed as Gloucestershire’s Virtual School Headteacher supporting Children In Care, Kevin has been the Headteacher of Belmont since September 2014.  He leads this Outstanding Special School who support primary and secondary age children with moderate to complex needs.

Summary of training available:

    • Special Educational Needs – inclusion, understanding special schools and transition
    • Managing parents, staff and working with governors – specific training available on “difficult people”, motivation and accountability and Behavioural For Learning.
    • SEN Mocksted dry run inspection
    • School improvement / development work
    • Secondment and capacity support

Mrs Chantel Yeates
Deputy Headteacher

Chantel Yeates has been a teacher for 20 years both abroad and within the UK.  She completed a Masters in Educatonal Leadership with specifc focus on Inclusive Education.  Taking the roles of both Pastoral and Academic Deputy Headteacher, Chantel has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in all areas of school life in primary and secondary settings and more recently in Special Educational Needs. With an interest in child psychology, Chantel has helped to create diverse curriculum areas that ensure pupils make progress whilst keeping well being of pupils at the centre. Over the years Chantel has worked alongside teachers of all ages to develop teaching and learning that ensures all pupils can access the curriculum and excel.

Summary of training on offer:

    • Mentor/Coach for new middle or senior leaders
    • Understanding People workshop whole staff
    • Assessment in schools – how can we assess all pupils even those that are underachieving?
    • Creative teaching and learning for SEN pupils
    • Identifying Special Educational Needs and adapting teaching styles to support progress
    • Creative curriculum and timetabling

Katy Hanna
Assistant Headteacher

Katy’s role at Belmont includes lead responsibility for Pupil Premium and the whole school intervention program. She has developed a range of both holistic and academic interventions to support the needs of pupils through the use of pupil premium funding.  Katy leads her intervention team based on her analysis of data of their personal, social and emotional well-being. Katy is an established Thrive practitioner and uses this approach to successfully monitor and implement strategies of children’s personal, social and emotional well-being by creating action plans for children and delivering some of the interventions. In addition, Katy supports Primary staff with strategies for both in and out of the classroom.

Belmont has a high percentage of students who qualify for Pupil Premium (currently 70%) and during 2015 Katie’s leadership secured Belmont as a finalist in the National Pupil Premium Awards following several successive years of a “closed gap” for its vulnerable learners.

Summary of training on offer:

      • Choosing and developing the most appropriate interventions
      • Making the most of Pupil Premium and closing the gap
      • Supporting EHCP’s through interventions.
      • Support for prospective/new pupils to ensure a smooth and effective transition
      • Working with staff to develop Thrive action plans and interventions for identified pupils
      • Supporting staff to develop strategies to enhance a SEN child’s engagement within a mainstream curriculum.

Mr Paul Shand
Key Stage 4 Leader

Paul Shand has worked in Gloucestershire special schools for over 30 years. He has experience as pastoral lead, behaviour manager,safeguarding and attendance and as Key Stage 4 manager. Paul has been a Team Teach trainer and practitioner for over 10 years offering training courses for both mainstream and special schools across the age range of 5-16.

Summary of training on offer:

    • Team Teach Workshop – learn deescalation and positive handling strategies to ensure the best outcomes for students and staff in challenging situations
    • Risk Assessment planning to best support and protect staff and young people.

Ms Emma Kear
Senior Learning Support Worker
Emma has over 25 years of experience supporting children with a variety of complex needs. She is qualified in delivering holistic interventions including SLP (Social use of Language and Communication Programme), Sand Tray and Thrive. Emma works closely with children requiring extra behaviour intervention and transition to new placements. Emma has tutor responsibilities including EHCP, completing Risk Assessments and Parental Consultations. Emma liaises directly with the school nurse and outside medical agencies for the health and well-being of pupils.

Summary of training on offer:

    • Maximising impact of Learning Support Workers
    • Support and guidance around interventions, eg social skills and managing behaviour
    • Support and guidance on the transition of new pupils
    • Advice and guidance for Continued Professional Development of Learning Support Workers.

    Training can be held at Belmont School or at another school where appropriate. If you are interested, please contact Belmont School office who will arrange for you to discuss with the relevant trainer.