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Inclusion Team

Mrs Diana Bell (not pictured), Mrs Natalie Bellis & Miss Kelly Wickenden

We are very lucky at West Blatchington to have a strong Inclusion team. Our team is made up of Mrs Diana Bell, the Inclusion Leader and her role is to organise, monitor and support the provision for children with Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language, to ensure that they make good progress in all areas. She also monitors the educational progress and provision of Looked After, Adopted and children whose carers have a special Guardianship order.  

Miss Kelly Wickenden is our Senior Learning Mentor.  She supports children with emotional and social needs to ensure that they are in the right place to learn.   She drops into classes regularly and also offers drop in sessions to the children if they need to talk about their worries.  Miss Wickenden works with pupils one to one and within small groups, on a variety of issues.  She also works with parents and runs 'Triple P' parenting support groups, workshops and one to one sessions at the school.

Miss Wickenden has worked at West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School for 10 years, joining the ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition) facility in 2008 having previously worked in a pre-school special needs setting.  She worked there for two years before moving into the mainstream school environment as an Individual Needs Assistant and a Learning Mentor.  She is now part of the Inclusion Team, holding the position of Senior Learning and Inclusion Mentor and leads on behaviour development.  Miss Wickenden is a certified restorative justice facilitator, a trained mediator and is an accredited level 3 and 4 Positive Parenting practitioner.

She has Diplomas in Childhood Behaviour & Child and Adolescent Counselling, and during the past three years, has been studying Trauma Attachment. The human brain and its diverse complexities fascinate her and she is passionate about inclusion.  An integral part of her role at West Blatchington allows her to prioritise children’s social and emotional needs, focusing on their individual wellbeing and implementing strategies to help staff and pupils to identify sustainable approaches to overcome barriers to learning. 

We are also very lucky to have Mrs Natalie Bellis as part of our team and she is our Family Liaison worker. Mrs Bellis is a qualified social worker who is also our Designated Child Protection Officer. She is available to support parents/carers and their children with any social, emotional or practical issues related to their children or family.  Mrs Bellis also takes the lead on attendance in order to support children and their parents/carers and ensure that children attend school regularly and are on time.

If you have any questions or need support from one of our team, they would be delighted to meet with you.

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