As a department we seek to promote and develop best practice in the identification, assessment and provision of support for students with a special educational difference. We aim to ensure that all our students have the best possible access to inclusive education, in a supportive, nurturing and innovative environment, with the opportunity to reach their full potential and personal aspirations.

Our aim is to engage all students with educational needs, embrace the diversity they offer and to encourage both students and staff to have high expectations of all students, supported by flexible, outstanding teaching and provision.

We adopt a young person-centred approach, advocate for them when necessary, listen with empathy, whilst taking appropriate action as needed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding educational needs or student welfare, please do not hesitate to contact us at or on 01522 775990.

Mrs Vicky Weaver

SENCO & Designated Safeguarding Lead


Miss Kayleigh Breward

As the Senior Teaching Assistant at the UTC, I believe that additional needs and disability should not stop a child from achieving their full potential and I am extremely passionate about ensuring all pupil’s have the opportunity to succeed.

My working background has always involved me working very closely with children with Autism and Learning Disabilities and within the UTC I am the Autism link member of staff, leading the Autism Inclusion Mark 4 Lincs project. I am primarily based within the Mathematics departments as a subject specific TA and also run the Reading Plus intervention.

At all times, I strive to create learning that helps children develop essential basic skills whilst also providing opportunities to widen their knowledge and become more independent, so that they are equipped with the necessary skills needed when leaving full time education.


Miss Sophie Donaghey

I have worked with young people and adults of all abilities for five years, but I especially love working with the pupils at UTC because they are career driven - I love helping them to feel proud of what they have achieved. I am passionate about my job, and I hope that my enthusiasm always comes across.

I am normally based within the Science and Engineering departments as a subject specific TA, and it’s great being able to get involved in a wide range of activities, with the opportunity to support each student.

Additionally, I run a group called ‘Mindcraft’, where I provide a safe space for students to develop their social skills and self-esteem whilst becoming more independent and confident in communicating. I think that it is important for our pupils to have a place they feel comfortable, and we have already seen a number of them benefitting from the group.


Mrs Pru Graves

I am the Teaching Assistant in English Literature and English Language, and also the Young Carers link member of staff. Young carers have access to a young carers group and also one to one support whenever required.

I have a decade of work experience involving children, families and schools. I enjoy working as part of the SEN team here at UTC, this is because we are a dedicated and motivated team. I strive to overcome barriers that pupils may have so as to provide an equal platform for all learners.

Our expertise and moral purpose ensures no student is left behind, and by listening to our pupils and working in partnership with parent/carers, we are able to work very effectively with each individual pupil.

Useful Links

NAS website National Autism Society

PDA Website Pathological Demand Avoidance Society

NSPCC website NSPCC Website Kooth Online Counselling Service

Young Carers Carers uk Carers Trust