Our Education Team

At CCL, we recognise that high quality, well-trained staff are crucial to ensuring the best outcomes for our students.

Our multidisciplinary team of tutors, learning support assistants, speech and language therapists and physiotherapists support student learning and offer a range of specialisms. These include profound multiple learning disabilities, communication, severe learning difficulties, visual impairment and autism spectrum disorder.

All staff at our Grafton centre undertake a minimum of five days’ training each year and have access to a wide range of opportunities for continuing professional development.

Meet the team

Tracy Gillett – Director of Education

Tracy is our ultra-organised, enthusiastic Head of Education who has many years’ experience working in the special education sector.

She started her career as an SEN tutor and work experience coordinator at a further education college. After several years as deputy head at a specialist college in Greater Manchester – where she introduced and played a key role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme – she moved to CCL in 2012.

Tracy is passionate about special education for young adults and has a master’s degree in special educational needs and inclusion from Manchester Metropolitan University and current experience inspecting educational provisions for high-needs students.
She is also a firm believer in the power of drama as a teaching aid and incorporates it into the curriculum wherever possible.

Maria Hynan – Deputy Head of Education

Maria is our approachable and supportive Deputy Head of Education. Her days are filled with teaching, the management of students and staff, and liaising with parents, carers and other professionals.

Before joining us in 2013, Maria was an acute psychiatric nursing assistant for 15 years and the manager of an NVQ assessment centre. She says the best thing about working for CCL is meeting the students and supporting them to develop their independence.

Maria has a Certificate in Education and a Postgraduate Certificate in Integrated Children and Young People Practice. She is also a First Aid at Work assessor and internal verifier.

Debbie McDougall – Senior Learning Support Assistant

Debbie has worked at CCL for over ten years and came with a wealth of experience from the care sector. She is the Senior Learning Support Assistant at Grafton and she leads a team of over 25 Learning Support Assistants.

Debbie is part of the quality team at Grafton and takes a lead in mentoring and the continual development and improvement of learning support. Debbie is part of the Safeguarding Team and works with Colleagues across the organisation to ensure the highest standards are implemented and maintained.

Laura Conway – Lead Specialist Speech and Language Therapist

Laura manages our speech and language therapy team and is passionate about helping our students improve their communication skills.

She has worked in the field in one way or another since she was 16, and has been part of the team at CCL since 2012. She has a degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in speech and language therapy and psychology, and is a local Makaton tutor.

Like all members of our SALT team, Laura is registered with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Health and Care Professions Council, and stays on top of all the latest training and certifications.

Ionela Pavel – Senior Physiotherapist

Ionela runs out physiotherapy department. Ionela graduated with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy at Salford University in 2010 and has been practicing since then. Having undertaken various roles within the NHS, Ionela brings and vast knowledge and experience to CCL.

Ionela’s favourite aspect of being a Physiotherapist is the wide scope of practice and specialities. She also loves the fact it’s not only physically challenging but also intellectually so. She believes her calm, organised, reflective and empathetic approach help her to succeed in her role.

Outside of work Ionela practices talking Romanian and enjoys catching up with family and friends, hiking, running, and visiting the seaside. She also loves reading a good book and spending time with her niece and nephew.

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