Gill Smith - Professional Development & Support

Gill Smith has taught at special schools for over 30 years, spending a significant amount of that time at Grangewood School, a member of the Eden Academy. During her career she has taught all age groups from 3 to 19, specialising in pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties.

Gill gained recognition as an Advanced Skills teacher for inclusion supporting pupils working at P levels and their staff in main stream settings in order to ensure individuals has access to a broad and balanced curricula.

As the Eden Academy has grown and developed, Gill has managed the development of personalised curricula in several schools and managed the assessment of pupils, particularly when progress is very slow. Her new role as a joint manager for Professional Development and Support at the Eden Academy ensures she can share her knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning for pupils with special needs in a range of setting to ensure all pupils make the best possible progress.