The therapeutic team at Mount Tamar School consists of an Occupational Therapist and a Music Therapist. We have a school based focus. This means that our efforts are directed towards enabling learners’ access to their education, to feel motivated to learn, to experience success and satisfaction in their school day. We recognise that the ability to feel calm, ready to learn and ready to play, i.e. to be regulated, is particularly difficult for our young people. Regulation precedes the ability to have self-control. It is only from this point a young person can begin to learn.
For this reason, the therapeutic service we offer pre-dominantly focuses upon helping teachers to co-regulate their learners and learners to explore tools which help them to feel safe and calm. We help teachers to understand and manage the barriers to learning. Our work is pre-dominantly based upon what is called developmental neuro-scientific theory. This theory emphasises the importance of understanding a young person’s development, their life experience and the responses of their body, brain and mind to the daily situations they encounter. We provide assessment, consultation and intervention for the young people at Mount Tamar School. Our team is also responsible for the development of the content of the Personal, Health, Social, Emotional and Economic curriculum within the primary school.
We appreciate and welcome the knowledge caregivers hold about their child and work with them to help everyone understand the young person’s needs and how they may be best met. Caregiver workshops aim to bring people together, to share experience and to provide knowledge and skill across a range of subjects caregivers perceive as important to their child. We also provide training to members of the school team, liaise and consult with outside agencies and offer training to a broad range of people. We welcome all these opportunities.
Occupational Therapist: Ricky Netting
As an Occupational Therapist at Mount Tamar, I support class staff, parents and carers to understand the child or young person’s unique capacities and barriers which form their ability to engage in school-based activities. I support the children and young people to experience enabling; through practical adaptations to their routines & exploring their individual ways of engaging more effectively with their learning environments.
As an Occupational Therapist I’m interested in the factors that motivate learning; a young person’s interests, his/her sense of capability, the feelings and thoughts related to the ability to “do”. These are central to life.
I work alongside school staff to help build routines and environments that support a young person’s capacity to learn and promote ways of learning and teaching which help to build the regulation of feelings, behaviours, attention, organisation and memory. As a team we work to develop the student’s physical skill and social skill, develop student’s experience of personal significance, motivation and community identity as well as grow through personal experiences of success
Music Therapist: Jordan Bussell
I’m Jordan Bussell, I have worked at Mount Tamar School for 10 years and have 13 years experience of working with industry professionals and both mainstream and SEN pupils through Music, Music Technology and Media. I am the head of our Music Department here at Mount Tamar and deliver Therapeutic Music as well as the Trinity Arts Award for KS4 students.
My qualifications & experience include;
- BA Hons Audio Engineering & Music Technology
- Trinity Arts Award Advisor
- A Levels in both Media & Film studies
- Over 7 years of running BTEC Music courses and teaching GCSE and A Level Music & Music Technology students
- 12 years of instrument tutoring and music mentoring across all ages
- 20 years of writing, performing, recording and releasing music
- 10 years of mentoring music for therapeutic benefit
- 6 years as head engineer in a recording studio & live sound engineering at professional events
Art Therapist: Kerrie Pillans
Hello, my name is Kerrie Pillans, I have worked at Mount Tamar School for 6 years and have 11 years experience of working directly with SEN pupils through Art. I am the assistant SENCo, Key Stage 4 Art teacher and deliver art therapy at Mount Tamar School.
My qualifications include;
- BA Hons Fine Art Degree
- PGCE Teacher Qualification
- National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCO)
- Lead practitioner for Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed Practice - Touch Base
- Drawing and Talking Practitioner (D&T)
- British Association of Art Therapies (BAAT) Foundation in Art Therapy