Chris Dukes is a qualified teacher with over 35 years experience. She has worked in various London Primary schools as a class teacher and later as a member of the Senior Management Team. Chris has a Masters degree in Special Needs and through her later role as a SENCO and support teacher, many years experience of working with children with a variety of needs.
Latterly Chris spent 16 years working as an Area SENCO in a local authority Pre-school Inclusion Team. This has involved working closely with staff teams, mentoring, advising and supervising work with children with additional needs, as well as with other education and health professionals.
Chris has also produced courses, delivered training and written books and articles on early years topics. She is currently working as an independent Makaton Tutor, licensed by the Makaton Charity.
Maggie Smith began her career as a Nursery Teacher in Birmingham. She has worked as a Peripatetic teacher for an under-5s EAL Team and went on to become the Foundation Stage manager of an Early Years Unit in Inner London. Maggie helped to set up an innovative unit for young children with behavioural difficulties and has also worked supporting families of children with special needs.
Maggie has taught on Early Years BTEC and CACHE courses at a college of Higher Education. Latterly Maggie worked as an Area SENCO supporting Special Needs Co-Ordinators and managers in a wide range of pre-school settings. As well as advising she has also produced courses, delivered training and written books and articles on early years topics.