Meet The Team

Meet the team!

The Tettenhall Wood Outreach team is led by co-ordinator Jo Hickson, and is proud to be part of Wolverhampton Outreach Service alongside Outreach teams based in three other special schools within the Local Authority. The team is made up of highly skilled and experienced practitioners which includes; teachers, HLTAs and Teaching Assistants. Within the Tettenhall Wood team there are members with specialist areas such as; Social Stories, communication, Sensory Integration, Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Coaches as well as a Trauma and Mental Health Informed Practitioner. Based within the designated special school for children with autism, the Tettenhall Wood Outreach team have specialised knowledge, training and skills in order to support schools to overcome the barriers to learning within their own settings.

'My name is Jo Hickson and I am the Outreach Co-ordinator of the Tettenhall Wood School team.  I am a qualified secondary school teacher and have taught in special schools for the past 11 years and worked in primary schools for 9 years before that.  I am licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Teen life parent programme and have recently undertaken training to become a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Coach.

 

Within my role I use my experience, autism and SEMH specialism to support mainstream schools to understand their pupils’ needs and to find ways of overcoming the barriers they face at school. Within Tettenhall Wood School I have introduced the Duke of Edinburgh Award to a number of pupils which will enable them to gain an industry recognised award for completing personal challenges.'

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Jo Hickson

Outreach Co -Ordinator

'My name is Nigel Boot and I work as an Outreach teacher based at Tettenhall Wood School where I am licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Teen life parent programme. I have been teaching pupils with special needs for over twenty years in Birmingham, Shrewsbury and now Wolverhampton. As part of the Tettenhall Outreach team I work with mainstream schools by providing them with strategies to support their students with Autism and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

 

Within Tettenhall Wood School I have curriculum responsibility for the Arts and developing our students’ creativity to support them with their social and academic skills. At home I like to relax by playing guitar, listening to music and going for walks.'

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Nigel Boot

Outreach Teacher

'My name is Adam Millichip and I joined the Outreach team at Tettenhall Wood Special School in September 2020. I am a qualified primary school teacher and have taught in special schools for the past 8 years. I am licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Teen life parent programme and I am currently undertaking training to become a qualified Makaton tutor.

 

Within my role in the Outreach team I use my knowledge, skills and experience of autism and SEMH to support mainstream schools in Wolverhampton. In addition to this, I have the responsibility for physical education and sport at Tettenhall Wood Special School. Ensuring children have the opportunity to participate in regular sport and physical activity is something I am really passionate about.'

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Adam Millichip

Outreach Teacher

'My name is Helen Moore, I am a qualified HLTA and have worked at Tettenhall Wood School for 23 years. As such, I have vast experience of working with young people who have autism, learning difficulties, sensory needs, SEMH needs, communication difficulties and challenging behaviour. My specialist areas are autism, Social Stories and communication. For the past 6 years I have been allocated to the Wolverhampton Outreach Service working within both primary and secondary mainstream school settings, utilising my experience to support those schools in understanding and meeting pupils’ needs and providing them with advice, training and resources.

 

I also work closely with external professionals and outside agencies working together to best meet individual needs. I have recently been part of a team that have taken the lead on a new ‘Autism Friendly Schools Initiative,’ successfully awarding its first award to a mainstream school who are providing a consistent standard of provision for pupils’ with autism.'

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Helen Moore

Outreach Teacher

'My name is Angela Gallagher and I am part of the Outreach Team at Tettenhall Wood School. I have worked at Tettenhall Wood for over 20 Years and worked within a range of age groups. I lead training in a variety of areas whilst working at school. These have included Sensory Processing Difficulties, Communication and Interaction etc. I have specialised knowledge within the world of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

 

I have had an active role in supporting pupils within our own school and other mainstream settings in using and implementing AAC into their everyday lives. Working within the Outreach Team provides me with opportunities to raise awareness and upskill staff within mainstream settings, to support and meet the needs of pupils and to maintain their mainstream placements.'

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Angela Gallagher

Outreach Teacher

'Hi, I’m Jade Calleja-Reader and I’m a qualified HLTA at Tettenhall Wood School. I have worked at the school for just over 13years. I am part of the Outreach team and I am also Sensory Integration coordinator. I am licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Early Bird Plus Programme for Parents. 10 years ago I qualified as an Intensive Interaction Practitioner and trainer.

 

I support pre-verbal pupils and provide training to other professionals as well as parents. Within my role I use my experience, autism and SEMH specialism to support mainstream schools to understand their pupils’ needs and to find ways of overcoming the barriers they face at school. Within Tettenhall Wood School I support our pupils with their sensory needs and work alongside Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists to insure all pupil’s needs are supported.'

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     Jade Calleja - Reader

Outreach Teacher

My name is Amy Holliday and I am part of the Wolverhampton Outreach Service based at Tettenhall Wood School. I am a qualified Primary School Teacher specialising within the Foundation Stage. I have taught in special schools for past 11 years within Wolverhampton. During this time, I have gained a vast amount of experience working with autistic young people, those with learning difficulties, sensory needs, SEMH needs, communication needs and behaviour that challenges. My role within the Outreach Team allows me to use this knowledge to support mainstream school settings to understand and meet the needs of pupils, provide advice, training and resources to overcome potential barriers. I am also licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Early Bird Plus Programme to Parents.

At Tettenhall Wood School, I helped to develop the Early Years Stepping Stones Curriculum and helped to design our purpose built Early Years/Autism friendly facility to accommodate our youngest pupils.

I thoroughly enjoy overcoming challenges and obstacles by developing creative and bespoke solutions to ensure all pupils and schools are receiving the best support possible. I find it highly rewarding to know that I am making a difference!

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Amy Holiday

My name is Sophie Banks and I am part of the Wolverhampton Outreach team. I am based at Tettenhall Wood School and have worked there for 10 years as a class teacher. Within this time I have worked with a wide range of ages and abilities. I am also the Good Autism Practice Lead across the school, ensuring Tettenhall Wood School is delivering the best autism practice we can. 

I have a younger brother who is autistic and so this gives me a great insight into the needs of families in the local authority.

As part of my Outreach role, I am helping upskill staff in mainstream schools to better understand the needs of students with Autism and SEMH issues.

In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities such as walking, climbing, running

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Sophie Banks

My name is Rachel Watson and I am part of the Outreach team at Tettenhall Wood School. I have worked at Tettenhall Wood for almost 10 years and have worked with all age ranges within the school. I have recently moved to the Outreach team as part of a new initiative to provide parents in Wolverhampton with more support and opportunities for advice and training. We hold regular workshops for parents, which include talks from various professional and the opportunity to meet and talk to other parents and carers. I am also licensed by the National Autistic Society to deliver the EarlyBird Plus programme to parents and I am the point of contact for this programme.

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Rachel Watson

My name is Heather Bull and I am licenced by the National Autistic Society to deliver the Teen Life programme and I am the point of contact for this programme.  I have worked across many age groups during my many years of working at Tettenhall Wood School. I also support The Outreach team with coffee mornings and parental workshops.

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Heather Bull