We are delighted to have our Inclusion Lead, Dawn Marshall, as part of the team at Barrow. A highly skilled behaviour specialist, Mrs Marshall has a wealth of experience of working within all key stages in this role. She is part of the pastoral team for 1 day each week to lead and support developments in our policy, procedures and practice to ensure the successful inclusion of all pupils across the school.
In this role Mrs Marshall will also works with our team to provide additional support for those children who require help to overcome barriers to learning both inside and outside the school, in order to achieve their full potential. Another key aspect of her role, therefore, is to work with our families to:
build parents & carers confidence to deal with difficult parenting issues and behaviours
strengthen relationships and communication between home, school and other professionals
encourage involvement in school activities
help parents & carers support their children with their learning
Mrs Marshall is available every Monday to work together with parents and carers to strengthen their existing parenting abilities. With Mrs Marshall’s support our extended provision for families will include:
A range of parenting workshops to provide an opportunity for parents/carers to gain confidence, meet others and become more involved in their own community
Emotional support to help parents find ways to manage and resolve problems
Support and practical help for parents/carers with establishing routines and positive parenting
one-to-one support / confidential support and guidance
Signposting to specialist services and activities
Please look out for events and workshops over the coming weeks and months or contact Mrs Marshall through the school office if there is a particular issue you would like to discuss with her in confidence.
Research shows that dedicated parenting support can effectively equip parents and carers with the skills to support their child’s education and to deal effectively with issues that could affect their families’ well-being. We very much hope that our Inclusion Lead at Barrow will provide this vital additional support and families to get the most out of school life.
Our Inclusion Lead – Dawn Marshall
Hello! My name is Dawn Marshall and I’m your Inclusion Lead at Barrow Primary School.
I have many years working in education, with a track record of supporting children for over 20 years now. I have worked in many primary schools in Norfolk, supporting pupils with additional needs. I was fortunate to become part of an amazing specialist team working with, children, parents and school staff to prevent children experiencing social and emotional difficulties from being excluded.
I then found my passport and moved to Suffolk as part of a new team setting up the First Base pupil referral unit in Brandon. My role there was as Senior Key Worker; supporting children, parents and school staff working together to create the right learning environment for children to be happy and learn in mainstream school.
Over the past two years, I have held the position of Inclusion lead at Tollgate Primary school in Bury St Edmunds. My role within the pastoral team was to create an environment where not only children were supported, but parents also felt that they also were included as part of the support process. I operated an open-door policy, providing time to meet with parents to discuss not only concerning issues but a time to talk about successes.
During my time at Tollgate I also worked with the Barrow team, supporting both staff and parents on a need basis. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to be a more regular part of such a committed, hardworking and above all inclusive team. As well as supporting staff, I will be offering parent support, either individually or through parenting workshops. I will be providing support on a range of important topics such as sleep and eating.
I have two grown up daughters, two very lively grandsons and one very recent granddaughter! If you don’t see me about in school on a Monday, then you may see me flash past when out running.
I look forward to meeting all of the children and parents at Barrow over the coming weeks and months.
Dawn MarshallInclusion Lead