Angela Bower: Speech and Language Therapist
The role of a speech and language therapist (SaLT) is to assess and treat speech, language and communication difficulties in people of all ages, to enable them to communicate to the best of their ability. Studies show that between 50-100% of young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties have underlying speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).
Pupils with SLCN can find it difficult to understand vocabulary used in the classroom, understand complex instructions, understand time, sequence their ideas and express themselves fully or appropriately. The SaLT at Melrose works closely with school staff to ensure that pupils with SLCN are able to learn in a language-inclusive environment, access the curriculum and develop their communication skills. For pupils with statements for SLCN, this can involve 1:1 and small group work. This work is further supported by a Learning Support Assistant with specialist speech and language training.
Ann Marie Christian: Safeguarding Consultant
Ann Marie is a passionate advocate of multi-agency and early intervention/help collaboration on safeguarding children & young people, she provides expert advice to schools and child care organisations. Ann Marie Christian has been in the Children & Families field for over 20 years and has spent over ten years delivering child protection training. She enables organisations to support the families that do not meet the child protection threshold.
Sophie May: Safe schools Officer
Natasha is a qualified music teacher and therapist, who is employed by Nordoff Robbins. She enjoys making music whether it is through using instruments or technology and participates in street dancing in her spare time.
Her aim for Melrose, is to give the students the opportunity to explore their talents and develop their passions in music.