Multi Academy Trusts (MAT) Conference 2016 > Jackie Smith

Jackie Smith BSc PGCE PGdipSEN NPQH

Mrs Jackie Smith BSc PGCE PGdipSEN NPQH, graduated in maths and worked in mainstream education before building up a long pedigree in SEN, including in a residential provision for emotional/behavioural difficulties at a pupil referral unit and Head of Learning Support in a mainstream school. Jackie joined Uplands School as Headteacher in 2009. Uplands is a school for students with severe or profound and multiple learning difficulties and/or Autistic Spectrum Condition aged 11 – 19 years. Since joining Uplands School Jackie has, together with the Board of Trustees, formed the charity Uplands Educational Trust (UET) and took up her present post as Executive Headteacher in 2013. UET has enabled the provision to expand to include 19 – 25 college provision; a residential facility for young adults, three retail shops, a community enterprise centre and a farm.  Jackie describes her job as managing the Uplands organisation, particularly around business and finance. She is currently leading the organisation in becoming a Multi-Academy Trust Sponsor and has applied to open an ASC Free School in September 2017.

Jackie’s presentation will cover:
The Uplands School experience of establishing and successfully operating a MAT

  • About Uplands School
  • Why did Uplands School establish an SEN MAT?
  • The advantages of a Specialist SEN MAT?
  • Determining our Structure
  • The Board
  • Responsibilities of Teaching and Learning
  • Responsibilities of the Business Function
  • The Barriers/Disadvantages
  • Becoming an SEN MAT
  • Operating an SEN MAT within the Landscape of large Mainstream MATS
  • Questions


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