Karen Bleakley

Assistant Principal Inclusion

South Shore Academy

Educational Review Specialists » PDBW Team, SEND Team

Karen Bleakley, Assistant Principal Inclusion - South Shore AcademyAfter teaching in Secondary, 6th form and adult settings Karen was appointed as a SENCo in January 2003, in an inner city secondary school. In 2006 she was promoted to Inclusion Manager and after a couple of years of working with pupils with ADHD tendencies carried out some research in PTSD, with a Head teacher of a local secondary EBD school.

The PTSD research emanated due to the fact that many of these pupils had experienced ‘difficult’ home lives, complex needs and suffered in a major way from heightened anxiety. The findings of the research helped with teaching practices whole school and raised outcomes for the pupils who had major emotional and behaviours difficulties.

In January 2017 Karen completed a level 7 postgraduate course in Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A,) which included the Certificate in Educational Testing (CCET) and the Access Arrangement Course (AAC), hence, allowing Karen to test for exam concessions, in line with the new JCQ testing regulations for 2017.