Francesca (Cesca) is currently Head Teacher in an Independent Special School in South West London which caters for young people aged 11-19 with complex autism. She leads a large team of teachers, therapists and support assistants and is the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Cesca qualified as a Primary and Early Years teacher in 2000. She has worked in a number of settings and has been specialising in autism, complex needs and challenging behaviour since 2012.
Cesca’s passion for special educational needs & disability (SEND) stems from her desire to better help and support her autistic son. ‘My core belief is that the young people should be at the centre of everything we do’.
Cesca is an experienced senior leader in the Independent Special School sector. She holds a Masters degree in Autism and the National SENCO award. Her studies have led her to undertake research on a range of topics such as the benefits of intensive interaction, outdoor learning and the use of mindfulness-based stress reduction.