Hi, my name is Kirsten and I am the founder and CEO of Talk About SEND CIC.  I am hugely passionate about supporting parents, carers, children, young people and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and about developing services in my local community.  I am hopeful that Talk about SEND CIC will be able to achieve both. 

I am a qualified primary teacher and have taught all year groups at primary level.  I now enjoy tutoring both primary and secondary aged children and young people as well as working with adults.  I qualified with a First Class Honours in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (BA(QTS)) in 2000 and I also achieved a Masters in Education (MA) in 2005.  More recently, I have qualified as an Access Arrangements assessor (PAPAA).  During my teaching career, I was a Lead Numeracy and Music teacher for Kent, a Senior Leader for KS2 and also a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.  

I left teaching in 2014 and started my own company - Shepway Tutoring.  In 2019, I decided to focus only on SEND Tutoring and Support and my company, Kent SEND Support was created in January 2020.  I currently work with children with a range of needs including Autism, PDA, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Tourettes and ADHD.  As part of my work with Kent SEND Support, I undertake the SENDCo role at the Romney Resource Centre, a specialist provision in New Romney.  I am also the Chair of Governors at The Beacon Plus - a 19-25 specialist provision in Folkestone.

I am very proud of the positive and proactive work we undertake with our families. In partnership with the Romney Resource Centre, Talk about SEND CIC are creating a SEND Centre with a vision of bringing SEND services to the community of the Romney Marsh. I am sure that this work will benefit many families in the future.