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Staff Profile: Simon Townsend

Simon Townsend

SENCO and DSE Pathways 3 Secondary

A graduate of Nottingham Trent University and DeMontford University, Mr. Townsend completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2004 before embarking on his first teaching role as Subject Leader of Music, educating students who had a range of behavioural needs.

Simon completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2004 before embarking on his first teaching role as Subject Leader of Music, educating students who had a range of behavioural needs. He also worked in Learning Support, increasing the attainment of poorly achieving students in English and Maths. He then moved to a mainstream school in Nottingham, working as a Teacher of Music, Music Technology, English and Drama at both GCSE and ‘A’ level. Following this he accepted a job as a Subject Leader of Music for a school specialising in the education of SLD and PMLD students. Simon enjoyed this role and saw how his teaching could make a real difference to the lives of needy children. He designed and built a range of resources for these students to allow them to access the British national curriculum and also worked with the charity ‘Musika’ to design resources to be used with children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) in Romania.

Alongside his teaching role, he began working towards a Masters in Education (M Ed), researching the educational value of multi-sensory rooms on students with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). He also investigated techniques for reducing incidences of self-stimulatory behaviour in our PMLD students. Simon ran the school choir and increased student numbers from 6 to 50 (a third of the school). He firmly believes that any student that wanted to be part of the choir should be allowed to join, whether they could sing, sign or just listen, and felt the experience directly impacted on the quality of their speech and signing. The choir qualified for the National Finals in Birmingham two years in a row and were the only SEN school to do so, something he is very proud of.

Simon moved out to Singapore for his wife’s job and worked as a Class Teacher for mainstream and support students in a small international school before moving to Dover Court. He enjoys working at Dover and looks forward to the challenges his new role will bring. Outside of school, he loves to travel and see new places, try new food and meet new people. His main hobby is Music and he plays Guitar and Bass among other instruments. He is currently working towards his DipRSL on Bass and hopes to have this completed in the next year. He reads a great deal of Horror and Sci-Fi in his spare time and enjoy books by Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Frank Herbert. Simon also enjoys watching ice hockey and was a big fan of a local team in the UK, the Nottingham Panthers.

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