Natalie Baker

Natalie Baker

SLE

Natalie is a SENCo at Bournville Primary School with responsibility for leading and managing SEN provision. Since beginning her career in Education, Natalie has held a variety of leadership roles ranging from Science Subject Leader to Assistant Head and Upper Key Stage 2 phase leader.

An outstanding practitioner herself, Natalie began a career in teaching with the aim of becoming an Educational Psychologist, but discovered an overwhelming passion for teaching and decided to remain in the profession. In all her leadership roles she has played a key role in developing pedagogy and metacognition across the whole school, most recently as part of the management team that secured an outstanding judgement from Ofsted. Natalie has mentored NQTs and experienced members of staff alike who have gone on to be successful in their chosen specialisms. She has supported staff through capability proceedings. She is passionate about making learning accessible to all children and ensuring best outcomes for children and staff alike.

With over 15 years’ experience in SEND, Natalie has played a key role in the development of SEND provision at Bournville and across North Somerset.  She has worked with staff at all levels to support and engage pupils with a variety of complex SEND. With previous nursing experience, Natalie has been instrumental in developing and maintaining provision to support children with medical needs. This has enabled staff to support a number of children with complex medical issues including: Diabetes, Muscular Dystrophy, Epilepsy and Trisomy 8 Mosaicism.

A key area of Natalie’s expertise is developing parental engagement for SEND children. Working with Supportive Parents, Natalie developed structured conversations for IEP days across North Somerset, following the success of their implementation at Bournville. As BME lead, Natalie has a wealth of experience developing the engagement of parents of EAL children as well as developing and maintaining provision across the school.