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Jilly Catlow

Jilly Catlow has been teaching in special education for 8 years.  As a trained primary teacher, she always knew that she wanted to work in special education, originally with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism.  Learning disability was something that Jilly was first introduced to in her first mainstream class with a little girl with moderate learning disabilities.  This interest grew quickly and Jilly began working at St. Crispin’s two years later.  As a relatively inexperienced teacher, especially with severe and complex learning disabilities, Jilly was lucky enough to have Lindy in the classroom next door.  They formed a fast friendship and a fantastic working relationship which they supported and challenged each other to learn and develop.  To extend her understanding, Jilly undertook a Post Graduate Certificate in Child and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice, with qualifications in child development, learning disability and challenging behaviour.  Over the time at St. Crispin’s, Jilly has specialised in communication and positive behavioural support and is now one of the school’s Principal Teachers.