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.


Miss Kayleigh Breward

As the Assistant SENCO 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.


Mrs Helen McGovern

I have 2 years of experience working with young children with various abilities ageing from 4-18 years, and have thoroughly enjoyed gaining valuable knowledge within these age groups.

I am the Teaching Assistant in Science, Young Carers link staff member and also Key Support to a number of students. I encourage these students to develop their communication and social skills which will give them the support they need for future success.
I am excited to have joined a successful and supportive SEN team. In my role here at UTC I will use my enthusiasm and passion to encourage children to be the best they can be and to give them the confidence they need to reach their goals and flourish.


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 English department 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.