Meet the Team
Ryan McWilliams

I have been a special needs teacher for over 10 years having achieved QTS in July 2009. I have worked with young people with a range of complex needs and emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

Since 2012 I have worked at Newark Orchard Special Needs School as both a class teacher and as part of the middle management team being firstly responsible for whole school curriculum co-ordination and more recently as a transition co-ordinator.

For the last four years I have run a unit for young people previously out of education and with emotional and behavioural difficulties. I also hold the role of the transition co-ordinator within school, travelling the county visiting and liaising with mainstream and special needs schools and families to co-ordinate the transition of new pupils into the school setting. Within this role I have built close working relationships with schools and parents and acted as the focal point for questions and reassurance for families and schools within Nottinghamshire.

Simon Ellis

I have been working with and supporting young people with complex learning needs for nearly 12 years. During this time I have held a number of roles including working as a learning support assistant and working for Nottinghamshire County Council as an Autism Support Service advisor. I am now working as a qualified teacher in a local special needs school and have done so for four years. The young people I teach and support have a range of complex needs including communication and interaction difficulties. Alongside my role as a teacher in school I also oversee the curriculum delivery for two other classes, ensuring that the provision is delivered to the highest standard and meets all pupils’ needs. My role as a teacher and previous employment has enabled me to forge strong

relationships with other professionals such as Sensory Therapists and Speech and Language therapists. This has enabled me to develop skills which enable me to help support children and young people with a holistic approach.

Joshua Marshall

I have worked and supported children and young people, with additional needs and disabilities, for over 9 years. My experience began, supporting a disability swimming club at the age of 14. From this, I found my passion working as a support worker, supporting children and young people, with a wide range of needs and ages. To further develop my knowledge, I completed a degree in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion, joint with Theology and Ethics in Society. In addition to this, to further develop my experience and skills, I began working as a teaching assistant at Newark Orchard Special Needs School.

In 2019, I began working as a manager for a support service in the Newark on Trent area. Leading a team of over 10 staff, as well as planning/organising the support for over 60 children and young people, who accessed the service. From all of my work and higher education, I have equipped myself with the skills and knowledge, to work closely with children, young people and other stakeholders, to ensure an inclusive and high level of support is offered to all.