Berkshire, South East of England
Nina is an expert Occupational Therapist who specialises in Housing & Equipment and Seating & Postural Management for adults. She has completed a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, ensuring her clinical knowledge is of the highest standard. Nina visits clients in their home environment across Bracknell, Newbury, Maidenhead, Reading, and Wokingham.
Having previously worked in rehabilitation and community services, Nina now works as an independent Occupational Therapist and as an Expert Witness in the medico-legal profession. Nina provides detailed assessments in the client’s own environment, involving family and carers where appropriate. A treatment plan will be produced, outlining the client’s functional goals and Nina's recommendations on how these goals will be reached.
Nina's expertise focuses on completing complex housing needs assessments and making recommendations for minor and major housing adaptations and specialist equipment to aid the client in the home. She also has experience in making final decisions on the provision of Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) as part of a local authority panel.
South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire
Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Train the trainer
DFG Assessments, Pain management, Daily living skills, Community access, Visual perception, Balance, Self care, Postural management
Berkshire, South East of England
Based in Woodley, just outside of Reading, Erica is an expert Occupational Therapist with over 20 years of experience. She visits clients across Berkshire and the neighbouring counties of Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, and Surrey. After qualifying, Erica worked in acute medicine, orthopaedics, and surgery before choosing to specialise in neurological rehabilitation. She now works with adult clients with a range of physical and cognitive conditions including stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Guillain Barre syndrome, and other progressive neurological conditions.
Erica has developed her expertise working in the NHS and independent health care settings. She brings to her role a wealth of specialist experience and knowledge in neurological rehabilitation and how to maximise a client’s independence and quality of life. She provides comprehensive assessments and individual goal focused treatments that cover postural and seating needs, cognitive rehabilitation, activities of daily living re-training, upper limb rehabilitation and splinting, and fatigue management.
Erica is a member of the Neurological Practice Specialist Section at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and actively develops her clinical skills through regular post graduate training. She has successfully completed Bobath modules 1-3 and is also a SMART accredited practitioner with a special interest in prolonged disorders of consciousness.
South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Visual perception, Self care, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation
Berkshire, South East of England
Supporting children and their families in the South of England, Becky is a specialist in Housing & Equipment. She has gained a vast amount of experience working with children and young adults with complex physical and learning needs including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and autism. She carries out expert assessments and provides tailored treatment plans to children and their families both at home and in school.
Becky is committed to enabling her clients to be independent and maintain function at home for as long as possible by offering advice, suggesting practical solutions, advising on equipment, aids and adaptations to meet their individual needs.
Becky is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and expands her knowledge by regularly undertaking additional training.
South of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Southampton
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Moving and Handling
Train the trainer, Chailey Postural Management
DFG Assessments, Postural management, Makaton
Berkshire, South East of England
Based in Berkshire, Natalie is an OT specialising in Functional Rehabilitation. She provides holistic assessments and treatment for adults across the South of England including Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. Natalie helps clients to regain their maximum level of independence, whether this is completing self-care tasks in the home or leaving the house and taking part in leisure activities.
As a specialist in Functional Rehabilitation, Natalie focuses on a client’s mobility, strength, and coordination. She helps clients to manage fatigue by setting personal goals and improving motivation. By working with clients in their homes, Natalie can also assess their need for equipment and recommend suitable provisions to support a client’s rehabilitation for both short and long-term conditions.
Natalie has also worked extensively in Stroke rehabilitation, providing clients with full neurological assessments, creating treatment programmes, and overseeing upper limb and cognitive development.
As a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT), Natalie is a committed and highly skilled OT, regularly seeking to further her clinical knowledge and skills.
Buckinghamshire, South East of England
Claire is an expert Occupational Therapist with over 15 years of experience. She specialises in functional and vocational rehabilitation, with particular focus on a client’s mental health. Claire is based in Buckinghamshire and visits clients in Aylesbury, High Wycombe, and Milton Keynes, as well as travelling to areas of London and Hertfordshire.
Claire has worked in both acute and community mental health services, carrying out interventions which focus on the re-motivation approach to life-skills training. She specialises in working with people with severe and enduring mental health problems and maintaining their independence at home. She also offers vocational rehabilitation which includes supporting clients in maintaining links with their employer whilst they are unwell and to support a gradual return to work.
In addition to her mental health expertise, Claire delivers assessments and intervention to her clients in their home environment. She is trained to use the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) tool with clients with long-term physical health problems and will provide recommendations of small aids and adaptations to support her client's functional independence.
Claire completed a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012, specialising in adult mental health. She has a keen interest in supporting the development of others and has taught at her local university. She has also presented at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists annual conference.
London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, London - Central
Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation
Motivational interviewing, Counselling, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Daily living skills, Community access, Behaviour management, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Anxiety management & relaxation
Buckinghamshire, South East of England
Clare is an experienced OT who specialises in Housing & Equipment, providing comprehensive assessments and professional advice. Based in Buckinghamshire, near Maidenhead and Slough, Clare covers a broad client base across the South East and South West including Berkshire, Oxfordshire, and Gloucestershire. Clare has been helping clients for over 15 years, developing expertise on a wide variety of functional needs and conditions such as orthopaedic injuries, arthritis, motor neurone disease, and Parkinson’s disease.
Often working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, Clare advises on minor and major housing adaptions and equipment provisions to help clients regain their maximum level of independence and improve quality of life. Clare’s recommendations will help to prevent fall in the home, improve mobility and accessibility, and enhance independence. Clare is also trained as a Best Interests Assessor and can provide guidance on DFG assessments and Blue Badges.
Clare has undertaken several post-graduate courses throughout her career, including Mental Capacity Assessor, Moving and Handling, and Train the Trainer.
South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Swindon
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling
BIA, Train the trainer
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Postural management
Hampshire, South East of England
Katy has over 14 years experience in the field of paediatrics and has worked in Canada and the UK in the public and private sectors. She is a professional, approachable and flexible person who demonstrates determination and enthusiasm working with children, schools and families. She values the importance of delivering expertise and quality of care using a holistic and child-family approach.
Katy ensures she keeps up-to-date with current evidence-based practice and clinical skills by being a member of various special interest groups, attending courses and mentoring other OTs.
Katy is qualified in Sensory Integration and the Bobath approach. She can also assess and use specialist equipment, e.g. sleep system, supportive seating systems and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC).
South East of England, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey
BOBATH, CO-OP Practitioner
Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support
Hertfordshire, South East of England
Specialising in a wide range of adult disabilities, neurological conditions, and brain injury, Tanya works with adults of all ages to enhance their independence at home. Tanya is based in Hertfordshire, covering a client base across London, the Home Counties, and East Anglia. She has an extensive understanding of multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Huntington’s disease, focusing on how a client can manage fatigue, pain, and activities of daily living.
Through her holistic approach, Tanya considers a client’s every need to ensure they have strategies to move safely around the home, whether with basic mobility aids or larger pieces of equipment, such as chairs and hoists. Tanya also ensures that families and carers are fully engaged in the process and understand how they can provide support. Similarly, Tanya can advise on Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) assessments.
Tanya’s experience in Housing & Equipment means she can recommend an extensive variety of specialist aids to help prevent falls, improve mobility, and enable the client to carry out daily tasks. These aids can in turn help reduce and manage fatigue and improve confidence moving around independently. Tanya also supports clients to regain and maintain access to the community, assessing their needs getting in and out of the home, and any equipment they might require when travelling in the community.
Tanya is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and belongs to a vast network of health professionals, providing ongoing personal development and learning.
East Anglia, London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, East Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Kent, Northamptonshire, Suffolk
Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling
Motivational interviewing, DFG Assessments, Fatigue management, Pain management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability
Middlesex, South East of England
Lucy is a highly skilled Occupational Therapist who specialises in Neurological Rehabilitation. Based in Middlesex, Lucy visits across London and the Home Counties. She provides detailed assessments for her clients, focusing on identifying any physical, cognitive, visual-perceptual, sensory, and psychosocial impairments. She has supported clients with various conditions including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy, and is also experienced in general rehabilitation.
Lucy has gained experience working in both the NHS and private healthcare, including working for a leading private London Hospital. She identifies how these impairments impact on the client’s participation in activities of daily living and their community access. She provides a bespoke, client-centred plan outlining treatment recommendations, taking in to account the client’s life roles, interests, core values and personal goals. Lucy is highly skilled in conducting complex posture and seating assessments, having completed postgraduate training in postural management and wheelchair prescriptions and having been the Senior OT on the complex posture and seating team at her previous workplace. She is able to recommend specialist equipment to meet her client’s needs including wheelchairs, bed positioning systems and a range of daily living aids to increase the client’s independence with activities of daily living.
She is passionate about keeping up to date with current best practice and has completed numerous specialist courses since qualifying, including courses on cognitive rehabilitation after brain injury, postural management, functional electrical (FES) for the upper limb, constraint-induced movement therapy, and splinting for the upper limb with abnormal tone.
London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Surrey, London - Central, London - North, London - West
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, Postural management, Splinting, Wheelchair accreditation
Middlesex, South East of England
Located in Middlesex, Nikki travels to Brentford, Enfield, Hounslow, Uxbridge and Wembley, as well as in and around London, delivering assessments to clients at home. Her expertise is in Housing & Equipment, Moving & Handling, and Seating & Postural Management. Nikki is dedicated to providing expert care, working with her clients to increase their independence within the home environment and improve their overall quality of life. Within the NHS, social services, and the private sector, Nikki has treated clients with a variety of clinical needs, including orthopaedic conditions, neurological conditions, and amputees.
Working with the client and their family, Nikki will identify and recommend minor and major housing adaptations, equipment, seating and moving and handling needs. She works closely with local authorities, housing associations, equipment suppliers, surveyors, and architects to ensure the needs of the client are being met and a high quality service is provided.
Nikki maintains a high level of professional development and regularly attends equipment exhibitions to ensure that she is aware of new developments.
London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, London - Central, London - North, London - South, London - East, London - West
Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Visual perception, Self care
Oxfordshire, South East of England
Based in Oxfordshire, Anthea provides expert Occupational Therapy to clients within the county, as well as working in areas of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire. Her areas of specialism are Housing & Equipment, Seating & Postural Management, and Rehabilitation for both adults and children. Anthea is qualified in delivering Blue Badge and mobility assessments, as well as dealing with Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) applications.
Anthea has held numerous senior OT practitioner posts during her career, including time spent in hospitals, hospices, and in the community. She provides holistic assessments which focus on all of her client's needs, working collaboratively with the client and their family to help them reach their maximum potential and increase their independence at home and within the community.
In private practice, Anthea assesses clients in their home environment, focusing on activities of daily living, moving and handling, and the provision of home adaptations and equipment where required. She works towards helping them reach their own personal goals, reviewing treatment sessions and adapting these appropriately as rehabilitation progresses.
Anthea is a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Section in Independent Practice.
South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access
Oxfordshire, South East of England
Laura provides Occupational Therapy to clients at home, travelling to areas of Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire, as well as Milton Keynes and London. She specialises in rehabilitation, assessing client's neurological, functional, and vocational rehabilitation needs. Her expertise also focuses on seating & postural management, in which she has completed postgraduate training.
For over 15 years, Laura has worked in acute, community, and inpatient rehabilitation settings, helping clients with a range of physical and cognitive conditions. She assesses motor, sensory and cognitive function and evaluates the impact of these on activities of daily living, through standardised and non-standardised assessments. From this, Laura formulates client centred treatment plans and evaluates progress through goal setting and outcome measures.
Laura supports clients and their families in their rehabilitation and any adjustments they may have needed to make due to their condition or disability. She offers advice on specialist equipment and safer moving and handling, as well as exploring the later stages of rehabilitation such as returning to education, employment, and leisure activities. This includes the provision of specialist seating and wheelchairs to maximise the functional independence of her clients.
Laura has completed extensive post graduate training in upper limb interventions, offering mirror box therapy, motor imagery, and splinting to clients.
West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Warwickshire
Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Visual perception, Planning & execution, Self care
Wiltshire, South East of England
Jane is an expert Occupational Therapist based in Hampshire, visiting clients in Basingstoke, Andover, Southampton, and Winchester. She works with adults and children, assessing and treating Housing & Equipment and Seating & Postural Management needs.
Jane has worked in acute, community, and private settings for over 20 years. She provides assessments and treatments to clients of all ages, focusing on their housing and equipment needs, as well as working with clients who require seating and postural support.
Jane uses her previous clinical experience and expert knowledge when making recommendations to help her clients maximise their independence. She has experience liaising with architects and builders to help create an environment bespoke to each client's individual requirements, including advice on minor and major housing adaptations and safe manual handling in the home.
Jane has in-depth knowledge of current legislation and its impact on assessment and intervention. She has extensive experience of adapting properties through the Disabled Facilities Grant process as well as private funding.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Southampton
Paediatrics, Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Train the trainer
Based in Southampton, Emma is an experienced Occupational Therapist providing expert care to clients across the South of England including Hampshire, Surrey, West and East Sussex, and London. Emma has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of settings including Acute and Chronic Mental Health, Learning Difficulties, Paediatrics, and Vocational Rehabilitation.
Emma works with both adult and paediatric clients, specialising in Functional Rehabilitation to help clients to live independently and reach their personal goals. She can also deliver expert Vocational Rehabilitation to help clients return to and remain in work, assisting with workplace adaptations, employer engagement, and phased return plans. Drawing upon her experience in the Mental Health sector, Emma can also provide cognitive behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, and counselling to support with a client’s every need.
Emma also has specialist experience in Paediatrics, spending a large part of her career in school settings to provide varied therapeutic services to a diverse collection of children and adolescents. She supported children with a wide range of conditions such as autism, Asperger’s, developmental delay, ADHD, developmental dyspraxia, sensory integration disorder, and muscular dystrophy.
East Midlands, West and South West of England, London, South of England, South East of England, Wales, Berkshire, Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Hampshire, Herefordshire, Isle of Wight, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset, Suffolk, Surrey, West Sussex, Wiltshire, London - Central, London - South, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Nottingham, Leicester, Brighton, Stoke-on-Trent, Derby, Southampton
Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation, Functional rehabilitation
Motivational interviewing, Counselling, Fatigue management, Motivational issues, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Planning & execution, Self care, Social integration, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Learning disability
Jo is a physiotherapist specialising in paediatric assessments and treatment. She is based in Hillingdon, visiting children in both home and school settings across London, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. With over ten years of experience, Jo has worked in many different settings including at Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Jo delivers assessments and treatment of developmental, neurological, and musculoskeletal conditions with particular expertise in complex motor disorders and neurological dysfunction. She works with children with conditions such as cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury, post Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, muscular dystrophies, developmental delay, and Down Syndrome. Jo supports children and their families with gross motor skill development, splinting, and school-based therapy.
Jo is a member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists and undertakes regular professional development activities to ensure her clinical knowledge and practice is up-to-date.
Bedfordshire, East Anglia
Sarah’s extensive career in OT has seen her work with children and young people with a broad range of physical disabilities, social and emotional difficulties including, autism, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, brain injury, and sensory processing difficulties. Sarah assesses and treats behavioural difficulties, fine and gross motor skills, balance, coordination, and postural management, to ensure that a child’s every need is addressed.
Sarah is SIPT (Sensory Integration and Praxis Test) certified, positioned to help children in any setting, whether at home or at school. She offers a holistic assessment, working collaboratively with families and other professionals, to ensure the best possible outcome for every child.
Since qualifying as an OT in 2008, Sarah is committed to her continual professional development. She completed a Sensory Integration qualification in 2012, leading to a MSc in 2014. Sarah also delivers training and mentoring with the Sensory Integration Education Network and the Advanced Practitioner training.
East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, London - North
Paediatrics, Seating and Postural management
Sensory Integration, Conductive education, Therapeutic listening, Train the trainer, Sensory Attachment Therapy
Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Anxiety management & relaxation, Sensory attachment intervention, Learning disability
Bedfordshire, South East of England
Naima is a Speech and Language Therapist based in Luton, visiting children across London and the South-East of England including Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Hertfordshire. Naima is experienced working with children of all ages, from toddlers to young adults, with a wide range of conditions and needs. She has helped children with autism, selective mutism, stammering, social skills difficulties, language needs, and speech sound difficulties.
With expertise in paediatric development, particularly cognitive, social, behavioural, and emotional development, Naima conducts holistic assessments and develops tailored therapy programmes. Naima has worked across a range of paediatric settings, both in public and private sectors. She advocates independence through supporting children with problems solving skills, inference, and social skills. Naima also strives to work collaboratively with parents and educational staff.
Naima is highly skilled in a variety of specialist therapy programmes including Attention Autism, Interactive Storytelling, Talkabout Social Skills, and Makaton signing. She is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice.
Bedfordshire, South East of England
Based in Bedford, Vimbai has over 10 years’ experience working as Paediatric Occupational Therapist. She has acquired expertise on a range of conditions and client needs, working in both NHS and private settings. Vimbai provides holistic assessments and tailored therapy programmes for children and their families across London and the South East of England.
Vimbai works with children with a wide range of disabilities and conditions including autism, cerebral palsy, ADHD, hip dysplasia, brain injury, and developmental coordination disorder. She understands the complexities of both physical and neurological conditions and the impact that this can have on a person’s life. She strives to enhance a child’s independence, working collaboratively with families, schools, and other healthcare professionals to meet the needs of the child.
Vimbai has specialist experience with paediatric seating solutions, assessing and recommending the provision of equipment to support a child’s postural needs. She can also deliver handwriting assessments and treatment for children at school or at home, helping them to develop key skills and maximise their potential.
Vimbai is committed to her ongoing professional development and is a member of the Children, Young People and Families Specialist Section of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
The OT Practice provides private occupational therapy services in and around Berkshire as well as the rest of the UK. We have experienced private therapists to cover every clinical specialism, servicing the entire Berkshire region including Bracknell, Newbury, Maidenhead, Reading, Slough and Wokingham.
Our practice is based on our reputation for building trusted relationships with our clients. Since ethics are at the heart of our vocation as health care professionals, we always recommend alternatives to our own services if we believe they are better suited to a client's particular needs.
Our Berkshire therapists cover all areas of OT, including neurological or functional rehabilitation, seating & postural management, housing & equipment, vocational rehabilitation and paediatrics. For a free initial consultation over the telephone, please call one of our dedicated client managers who will be able to find you the right OT. You can also learn more about some of the private therapists in our Berkshire team from their profiles above. All our assessment and therapy packages are costed in detail at the outset, so we will never surprise you with “hidden charges” later on (such as travel costs or administrative fees).
We also have a dedicated paediatrics team at The OT Practice, so if you are considering referring a child then please visit the OT Practice Kids section of our website to learn more.
Our OT’s are helping people throughout Berkshire deal with a variety of difficulties. If you would like to find out more visit our pages dedicated to explaining how our occupational therapists can help with common difficulties, covering adults and children. The most common difficulties we see are shown below, alternatively just call us on 0330 024 9910 for a free over-the-phone consultation.
Debbie’s intervention has been critically important. She very kindly gave up her bank holiday Monday to come quickly and that made a tremendous difference to our daughter’s state of mind, and mine and the rest of the family too!Father of a private client aged 11
Your therapist explained clearly what was happening with my tendons and muscles in a way that helped me understand could be achieved with exercises and manipulation. Also her advice on equipment that could help and instruction on its use was invaluable.Mrs Smith, private hand therapy client
The OT Practice works efficiently and quickly, demonstrated by the paperwork and reports that were completed accurately and in a timely manner. They are friendly and professional at all times with clients, staff in the team and in other departments. I would not hesitate to recommend the work of The OT Practice.Grants team, Bracknell Forrest Council
I was in a difficult position and needed treatment for my client at very short notice. The OT Practice was great, reacting very quickly and professionally to my client’s clinical needs.Case Manager, Head First
We have found The OT Practice team to be highly professional and efficient. Our needs were listened to and met and we were extremely satisfied with the level of service provided. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.Head Teacher