Kate Harding is Assistant Headteacher and SENCo at Arc School Old Arley.
Kate has a degree in animal physiology and a PGCE from Nottingham University, and a National SENCo Award from Birmingham University. She taught at a mainstream secondary school prior to joining Arc School.
As SENCo, Kate oversees the annual reviews of EHCPs.
Kate is the designated teacher for children who are looked-after and who were previously looked-after and also the designated safeguarding lead in the school.
Kate also plays a role in the referral and admissions process for all new students.
Mat Dymek is the Behaviour Lead at Arc School Old Arley.
Mat has been at the school since 2009, working as a PE teacher prior to his current role as the school’s Positive Behaviour Support Coach, implementing the programme throughout the school under the supervision of Kedleston’s PBS lead.
Mat has extensive experience in positive behaviour management which enables to staff to build appropriate trusting relationships with pupils in order for them to feel safe and supported. Mat supports pupils with self-regulatory techniques and strategies, developing essential life skills such as resilience, independence and self-reflection so that they may successfully engage in all aspects of their learning and become active citizens within their community. Mat works closely parents and carers to ensure that the holistic needs of every pupil are successfully met.
Mat is also an advanced Team Teach tutor and delivers training to staff at Old Arley and other Kedleston schools on an ongoing basis. As one of the school’s designated safeguarding persons, Mat maintains high standards of safeguarding throughout the school, ensuring that all who are involved in the care of our pupils are effectively trained and supported in order to keep them safe at all times.
Tamara has been at the school since 2011 and has taken on various roles during her time.
She has extensive skills in the management of anxiety-linked behaviours and de-escalation. Tamara has completed the AET Level 3 Autism training and is the ASC champion for the school, delivering training for staff and parents.
Tamara plays a leading role in the referrals and admissions process for new students to the school. As a member of the senior leadership team, Tamara is an experienced DSP (designated safeguarding person) and maintains communication with social care teams and the multi-agency safeguarding hubs.
Tamara oversees the medication procedures for Arc School Old Arley, liaising with parents and carers to ensure that the process runs smoothly.