Mrs Michelle Sorensen
Assistant Headteacher & Designated Safeguard Lead
Barr Beacon School
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Mrs Michelle Sorensen | Safeguarding Lead
I am a strong believer that Education is a journey of opportunity and each child should thrive in today’s society. My degree in Special Educational Needs has enabled me to gain an insight into the social, emotional and behavioural difficulties of children and ignited my passion for working with vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. My career in teaching has involved being part of the pastoral team in both an ‘Outstanding’ and ‘Special Measures’ School. Before my appointment as Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead, I spent a number of years as a Head of House at Barr Beacon School, in addition to previously being a Curriculum Enrichment and Rewards Coordinator at another school in the West Midlands. I understand the importance of sharing and harnessing best practice, which in turn makes a positive impact on the life chances of all children.During my time as a Head of House I have mentored and supported a number of Assistant Heads of House, Form Tutors and staff in managing behaviour in and outside the classroom. I managed a team of thirteen Form Tutors, an Assistant Head of House and House PA. There were over 350 pupils in my House and it was important that I maintained high levels of attendance, punctuality, behaviour and progress.
I have developed the role of the form tutor through staff CPD, resources, support and monitoring. Form tutor’s are now being better utilised in supporting with pupils behaviour and progress. By introducing the detention monitoring system this has enabled early intervention in modifying pupil’s behaviour. Work also focused around the start of the School day, which in turn supported a calmer environment within School.Work around early intervention and support from outside agencies has resulted in a reduction of ‘repeat offenders’ within my House and as a School we are below national average for fixed term exclusion and persistently absent pupils. The impact of my work in supporting Looked After Children has been evident in my nomination for a Pupil Premium Plus Award from Virtual Schools. Before starting at Barr Beacon there was no prior attainment of Distinction* in BTEC Sport. In my first cohort 13% of pupils achieved this grade, with 90% of pupils achieving their baseline or above. These results have been mirrored year upon year and more recently the NQF report for Child Development commented that ‘the course is managed well’ and work demonstrates ‘good practice’.