Donna Nelson, Vice Principal/ SENCO/ English Lead, Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy

Speaker Biography

I have been teaching in the primary education sector for the past 9 years and been SENCO for the past 7 and a half years, English lead for the past 4. I work in an average size primary school in Stoke on Trent with a high deprivation indicator.

Personally I have always found spelling difficult and I dreaded school when I had to write and I couldn’t use the words I wanted to as I didn’t know how to spell them or we had the Friday big spell!

I have learnt different strategies to support spelling and I am very passionate about making spelling fun in schools and identifying children who need support early on so that children don’t dread spelling and it doesn’t hold back other areas of their English development.