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, Therapeutic listening, CO-OP Practitioner
Visual perception, Balance, Co-ordination, Planning & execution, Self care, DMO (Lycra) Splinting, School Based Therapy/Support
Hampshire, South East of England
Having qualified in 1987, Carmen has spent her career working internationally, including France, South Africa and now in the UK. She specialises in paediatrics, having completed training in therapeutic listening and attachment theory, as well as qualifying as an advanced sensory integration practitioner. Carmen works in the South of England, visiting clients in Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and South London.
Carmen has worked in a variety of paediatric settings, treating very diverse population groups. She has experience working as a community paediatric occupational therapist, assessing and treating children with a variety of conditions, disorders and syndromes, including developmental delay and learning difficulties, mild neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disorders, sensory processing disorder and autism.
Since 2013, Carmen has worked as an independent OT, supporting children with sensory needs, movement difficulties and challenging behaviours at home and in mainstream, independent and special schools. She works collaboratively with the child and their family, creating bespoke treatment packages, including home programmes and sensory diets. Carmen also provides support to families and schools through educational and healthcare plans, treatment programmes and consultation.
Carmen has provided numerous training sessions and workshops to teachers, support staff, OT colleagues and parents on sensory processing, an area she is very qualified in and passionate about. She continues her membership of the Sensory Integration Network, as well as the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Children, Young People & Families.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, London - South
Sensory Integration, Therapeutic listening
Sensory integration, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care, School Based Therapy/Support, Sensory attachment intervention
Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2011, Meera specialises in rehabilitation and moving & handling. She has completed post qualifying training, including a masters degree to support her clinical practice. Visiting her clients in their own environment, Meera travels to areas of Berkshire, Hampshire and Hertfordshire, as well as homes in London.
Meera has experience treating clients with long term neurological conditions, as well as supporting older adults and end of life care. She completes detailed assessments with her clients using a variety of approaches, including using the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS) to meet goals and record an individuals intervention. She aims to optimise their function in meaningful activities and promote quality of life.
Treating her clients at home, Meera will involve family members and carers to ensure that they are appropriately trained and that intervention can continue when Meera is not there. This includes providing moving and handling plans, specifically offering advice on positioning and complex equipment, aiming to improve her clients independence at home and in the community.
East Anglia, London, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North, London - West
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Fatigue management, Daily living skills, Self care, Postural management
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, treating clients with a range of clinical conditions and needs.
Nikki is dedicated to providing expert care, working with her client 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. She is a member of the British Association of Occupational Therapists.
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 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 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 College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
South of England, South East of England, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Neurological rehabilitation
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access
Warwickshire, 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.
Qualifying in 2004, Laura has since specialised in neurological rehabilitation, working in acute, community and inpatient rehabilitation settings. 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 roles. 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
West Midlands, South East of England
Liz is a highly regarded Occupational Therapist working with children in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, West Midlands and London.
Liz has worked across a range of funding sectors including Health, Education and Social Care. Liz has worked with clients with conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Acquired Brain Injury, Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Retts Syndrome, Dyspraxia, Developmental Coordination Disorder, Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Muscular Dystrophy and Achondroplasia.
Liz delivers truly client centred and holistic occupational therapy assessments and interventions. She is passionate about working with children/young people and their families and delivering the highest possible standard of care. Liz aims to ensure each child is provided with every opportunity to develop to their full potential and to facilitate their participation in all aspects of daily life, at home, school and in the community in which they live.
West Midlands, East Midlands, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills, Community access, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Postural management, School Based Therapy/Support, Learning disability
Wiltshire, South of England
Since completing her degree at St Loye’s School of Occupational Therapy in Exeter in 1996, Louise has worked in a variety of clinical settings in both public and private sectors. After qualifying, she spent two years in an NHS rotational post gaining a wider knowledge of disabilities and dysfunctions that impact on an individual’s life.
For the past twenty years her experience has been community based focusing on adult physical disability and the way in which Occupational Therapy can help individuals achieve and regain independence. This has included assessment as well as sourcing and provision of standard and bespoke equipment, including that necessary for safe moving and handling, specialist seating, postural management and tissue viability. It has also included assessment for major and minor adaptations to clients homes working extensively with architects, builders and housing teams.
South East of England, Berkshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire
Housing and Equipment, Seating and Postural management
Train the trainer
DFG Assessments, Blue Badges / Mobility Assessments, Postural management
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 also works within neurological and functional rehabilitation.
Since qualifying in 2000, Jane has worked in acute and community settings, as well as working privately. She provides assessment and treatment to clients of all ages focusing on their housing and equipment needs, as well as working with clients who require seating and postural advice and guidance.
Jane uses her previous clinical experience and expert knowledge when making recommendations to help her client maximise on 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 it's 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
London - North, Surrey
Qualifying as an occupational therapist in 2007, Lucy has specialised in neurological rehabilitation since 2010. 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. Working as an independent occupational therapist, Lucy visits clients at home, travelling in and around London and the Home Counties.
Working independently, Lucy provides detailed assessments for her clients, focusing on identifying any physical, cognitive, visual-perceptual, sensory and psychosocial impairments, and assessing how these impairments impact on the client’s participation in activities of daily living. 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 has gained experience working in both the National Health Service and private healthcare, including working for a leading private London Hospital. She has treated a number of conditions, including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy, and is also experienced in general rehabilitation. 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. Lucy is experienced and passionate about functional retraining to help overcome difficulties in day-to-day activities, such as transfers, self-care, meal preparation, self-feeding, writing/typing, accessing the community and use of public transport.
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
Bedfordshire, East Anglia
Victoria is an expert neurological occupational therapist who delivers specialist rehabilaition, housing and seating & postural assessments to clients at home. She has completed a postgraduate diploma in Neuro-Rehabilitation, as well as qualifying as a moving and handling trainer and assessor. Based in Bedforshire, Victoria travels to Luton, Dunstable, Bedford and Leighton Buzzard to visit clients, as well as in and around London.
Having treated both adults and children in a variety of clinical settings, Victoria's experience is broad and includes working with clients with neurological, physical and mental health needs. She works with her clients helping to plan for short and long term care, including equipment provision, environmental modifications and providing therapy intervention.
Her specialist skills centre around working with neurologically-impaired clients, providing upper limb management (including splinting), cognitive re-training, behavioural management, postural management and rehabilitation of functional abilities, including their daily live activities. As an accredited manual handling trainer, Victoria completes thorough risk assessments and management plans including providing training and education to families and carers.
Victoria also works as a case manager and maintains active membership with the British Association of Brain Injury Case Managers, as well as the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice and Neurological Practice.
East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, London - Central, London - North, London - East, London - West
Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Train the trainer
Essex, South East of England
Qualifying as a speech and language therapist in 1983, Sharon has specialised in working with children and young adults at home and in school. She travels within Essex and Hertfordshire visiting clients, including the areas of Basildon, Grays, Colchester and Chelmsford.
Sharon has extensive experience in the field of paediatrics, spending her early career working for the NHS in mainstream and special schools, a child development team and a neonatal unit. Now working independently, Sharon provides assessments and treatment programmes to children in their own environment.
Sharon is experienced in the assessment and management of communication and language difficulties from birth to adolescence. She has a special interest in eating and drinking difficulties (dysphagia) in which she has completed post qualifying training. Providing a detailed treatment plan, Sharon provides direct therapy and training to parents, carers and teachers to enable them to implement the programme of intervention when Sharon is not there.
Sharon is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, and is committed to maintaining clinical standards by continuous learning, following best practice and adhering to evidence based practice.
Hampshire, West and South West of England
Providing expert occupational therapy to her clients, Katrina specialises in housing & equipment, seating & postural management and moving & handling for adult clients. Based in Dorset, she travels to Bournemouth, Poole, Dorchester, Shaftesbury and Weymouth visiting clients at home.
Qualifying in 2007, Katrina has gained experience working for Dorset County Council. She currently works in the adult and community team, where she assesses clients for housing issues and equipment needs. She carries out Disabled Facilities Grants (DFG) assessments, working closely with other health staff, care agencies and local authorities.
Working independently, Katrina treats clients in their own environment. She makes recommendations for minor and major housing adaptations, as well as providing equipment and specialist seating. She implements moving and handling care plans where appropriate, ensuring her client is moving safely and as independently as possible around the home.
To maintain her professional development and make sure her clinical knowledge is up to date, Katrina will attend conferences and exhibitions, as well as being a member of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
Hampshire, South East of England
Amanda is an expert occupational therapist (OT) who specialises in housing & equipment, rehabilitation and moving & handling. Amanda is also a qualified Best Interests Assessor (BIA). Based in Portsmouth, Amanda travels to Fareham, Southampton, Winchester, Andover and Basingstoke to see clients at home.
Amanda currently works in the community and has previously worked in acute hospital settings for the NHS. She has experience treating clients with a variety of clinical needs, such as Multiple Sclerosis, dementia, spinal injuries and orthopaedic traumas, as well as working with clients with mental health needs.
Carrying out independent assessments with clients at home, Amanda will work with the family to ensure all of her client's needs are being met. She will develop a treatment programme which aims to improve the clients overall functional independence; this could include minor and major housing adaptations, equipment provision and moving & handling advice.
Amanda is committed to continuing her learning and development and keeping up to date with recent advancements in the field of OT. Part of this is through her membership of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Independent Practice.
West and South West of England, South of England, South East of England, Dorset, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Isle of Man
Housing and Equipment, Moving and Handling
DFG Assessments, Daily living skills
Hertfordshire, East Anglia
Working with both children and adults, Rachel provides expert occupational therapy in a home or school environment. She specialises in rehabilitation, providing assessments and treatment to clients with a variety of clinical needs and conditions. Rachel is based in Hertfordshire, travelling to Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead and St. Albans, as well as into London visiting clients and their families.
Since qualifying in 2006, Rachel has worked for the NHS, for charities and also in private practice, including within a specialist residential eating disorder service providing clients with individual therapy sessions and facilitating a weekly life skills group. She treats children with neuro-developmental conditions, as well as both adults and children with mental health needs.
Rachel uses a number of therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and sensory integration, in which she has completed postgraduate qualifications. Ensuring her client is at the centre of her care, Rachel works with the client and their family to help them regain functional independence and reach personal goals.
Rachel is committed to her professional development and is a member of several specialist clinical practice groups. This allows her to keep her skills and knowledge up to date and relevant to current practice.
London, South of England, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North
Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation
Sensory Integration, AMPS
Sensory integration, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment, School Based Therapy/Support
Hertfordshire, East Anglia
Claire is an expert paediatric occupational therapist based in Hertfordshire. She travels around the South East of England visiting families, including Buckinghamshire and Essex and also parts of London. She has completed various postgraduate courses, including a qualification in sensory integration and training in the Alert Programme which is particularly successful for children with ADHD. Claire is also trained in the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS).
Claire has spent much of her career in child and adolescent mental health services and has experience working with children with behavioural difficulties, eating disorders, psychosis, Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD and self harming behaviour. Currently, Claire is at a special school working with children with learning disabilities. She provides intervention to support children in reaching their maximum potential, including help with handwriting, motor planning and sensory integration techniques.
As an independent OT, Claire works with children and families in their home or school environment. Having assessed their needs, Claire will develop a bespoke treatment package for the child which will involve parents, teacher or carers where necessary. She ensures that the treatment sessions are engaging and work towards the child reaching their personal goals.
Claire is a member of the Sensory Integration Network and the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections for Children, Young People and Families.
East Anglia, South East of England, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North
Paediatrics, Vocational Rehabilitation
Counselling, Routine planning, Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Behaviour management, Handwriting assessment & treatment
Hertfordshire, East Anglia
Based in Hertfordshire, Samantha visits clients at home in the areas of Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, St. Albans and Watford. Her expertise lies within rehabilitation, seating & postural management and hand therapy for children and adults. This includes specialist skills in spinal cord injury and upper limb treatments.
Samantha has extensive experience working as an occupational therapist, spending her career working in NHS acute hospital settings. Her current role as a specialist in the London Spinal Cord Injury Centre has developed her skills in carrying out upper limb assessments and providing treatment to her clients, which includes splinting.
As an independent OT, Samantha delivers specialist assessments and treatment to clients at home. She provides expert advice and support to help her client regain their functional independence and recommendations on appropriate wheelchairs and specialist equipment for both adults and children.
By visiting exhibitions and training sessions, Samantha continues her professional development and learning so her knowledge is of the highest standard for her clients and their families. She has also presented at national and international conferences.
East Anglia, London, South East of England, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North
Paediatrics, Hand Therapy, Housing and Equipment, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seating and Postural management, Functional rehabilitation, Moving and Handling, Neurological rehabilitation
Daily living skills, Gross motor skills, Fine motor skills
Hertfordshire, East Anglia
Lone is an expert paediatric occupational therapist who treats children at home, in nursery and at school. She is based in Hertfordshire, travelling to the areas of in Essex and North London visiting children and their families. She is qualified in both Bobath and Chailey approaches, as well as being trained in advanced sensory integration techniques and using the CO-OP approach.
Qualifying in 1996, Lone has spent her career working in UK statutory services, in schools and also independently in private practice. She previously worked in Denmark treating children with severe learning difficulties in various special schools.
Lone works with children with a variety of clinical needs, assessing functional and sensory or motor difficulties. She has experience helping children with conditions such as autism, cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome and mild to profound learning difficulties. This includes supporting children with postural needs, prescribing the right equipment and offering advice to ensure safe use.
Lone aims to enhance a child's independence and functional ability and will include family, carers or teachers into putting together a personalised treatment plan. To ensure the care she is providing to families is of the highest standard, Lone maintains professional development through her membership of the College of Occupational Therapists Specialist Sections in Children, Young People & Families and Independent Practice.
East Anglia, London, South East of England, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, London - Central, London - North
Sensory Integration, BOBATH, CO-OP Practitioner
Daily living skills, Sensory integration, Fine motor skills, Handwriting assessment & treatment, Visual perception, Co-ordination, Self care
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