Janice Mitchell
  • The Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education
  • Appleford School
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire

Janice is Head of Learning Support, with 20 years’ experience teaching seven-year-olds through to 55-year-olds.  She started her career as a science teacher and worked at various organisations before joining Appleford seven years ago.

She has developed the Science department into a high-achieving and successful department, did the same for the Sixth Form and Maths departments, and is now putting her recent qualification as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) into good practice. She leads a dedicated team of specialist teachers, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, all working to develop pupils’ independence.

As well implementing many practical initiatives and improving the annual review process and individual support plans, Janice has a recognised ability to detect subtle changes that can affect learning.

She is studying the BDA Level 5 course specialising in dyslexia and regularly helps other staff with training. She recently organised a Dyslexia Awareness Day to promote strategies to other SENCOs in the South, to help other schools understand how best to support children.