Dee Passenger has been teaching in Torbay for 19 years and has experience across Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. She has previously been a Year Leader, PE Lead, ITT Mentor and is a trained facilitator of the National College Outstanding Teacher Programme and Improving Teacher Programme. She was also selected to observe maths teaching in Shanghai as part of the National College England-Shanghai Maths exchange programme.
Dee has a personal interest in the psychology of education, and has a psychology diploma. She is currently an Educational Psychology Assistant at Torbay Educational Psychology Service, supporting pupils and colleagues at schools across Torbay.
Dee has completed Autism Education Trust Level 3 Training, and was one of the first Autism Champions in Torbay. She is responsible for driving forward a strategic plan for making Torbay schools ‘Autism friendly’. This role involves working closely with pupils with autism, their parents and outside agencies, to ensure that these pupils can access a flexible, relevant and meaningful curriculum in mainstream education. Dee is responsible for delivering Autism training to staff to ensure that they develop an understanding of pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs and that teaching, communication and learning environments are adapted appropriately.
As part of this role, Dee is currently completing training and research in Video Interaction Guidance (VIG) and Video Enhanced Reflective Practice (VERP), which has proven to be an effective method of working with children and young people with autism. She is also a trained facilitator of Lego™ therapy, which encourages positive communication and effective interactions.