Hayley obtained her 1st Class Honours degree in Business and Management and initially trained as a Business and Economics teacher. After a few years working with Secondary age pupils, she realised that her passion lay in supporting pupils with learning difficulties so she took the decision to retrain as a specialist teacher. Hayley carried out her Level 5 Diploma course with Dorset SENSS whilst working as a Learning Support teacher in a busy boarding school. Throughout this time, she has also carried out voluntary work with children’s charities and contact centres.
Hayley quickly realised that self-esteem is pivotal to a child’s experience and success at school and is so commonly affected by learning difficulties. This has become a huge part of her ethos as a practitioner; her aim is to boost the self-esteem of every young person she works with by helping them to better understand their learning styles and challenges.
Her passion for this field grew and she became SENCo and SEN governor at her local first school, working hard to improve provision and outcomes in both settings. Hayley’s next move was to join Helen Arkell for the Level 7 Diploma course which has broadened her knowledge and experience, enabling her to carry out diagnostic assessments.
Upon graduation, Hayley joined Helen Arkell as a specialist assessor and is looking forward to bringing positivity and confidence to those she works with. When she isn’t applying herself to her work and research, Hayley loves spending time with her husband and dogs exploring the beautiful Dorset countryside.