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Rebecca Hale

Teacher (SEND), Stone Soup Academy - Winner of 2020 TES Award for Alternative Provision School of the Year

Rebecca Hale (Becca) is a Trainee SEND teacher at Stone Soup Academy, an Alternative Provision school for secondary aged students in the centre of Nottingham. Becca joined the academy after graduating with a first-class degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham (UoN). Becca has also recently completed work as a part time research assistant on a UoN Psychology project examining neurodiverse experiences of virtual interactions, with aims of creating inclusive guidelines for online interactions on platforms such as Zoom.

During her studies, Becca worked closely with the University’s Widening Participation scheme to provide insight and support to disadvantaged students within and outside of Nottingham. This has given Becca experience in working with a range of individuals, supporting both educational and pastoral needs. Alongside her degree, Becca gained her level 2 in British Sign Language and set up a University award winning outreach programme to local schools and guiding groups, to teach BSL and deaf awareness.

Becca has also worked with children and young people with a range of additional needs (e.g. ASD, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Downs Syndrome, visual impairment) for over 5 years, both within specialist and mainstream/community settings. This has given Becca a strong ability to adapt activities to suit different needs and develop personalised strategies to support those she works with.

Becca is looking forward to gaining further qualifications with Stone Soup Academy and contributing to the continual development of its SEND provision, such as through the development of a new project at the Academy; using Virtual Reality technology to support the development of empathy in students within SEND.