Suzanne O'Neill

Senior Leader - Student Welfare and Development

The Basildon Upper Academy

About Me

I joined the Basildon Academies in 2009 and have held varied Pastoral leadership roles through middle and senior leadership. During this time I have had extensive training in safeguarding, Prevent, recognising risky behaviours and identifying a variety of barriers to student progress.

I have played an active part in developing our Attitude for Learning policy, implemented strategies to improve student development, behaviour and welfare which played a key role in establishing the academy as a ‘Good’ school.

My attendance strategies and working with outside agencies has seen our attendance improve by 10% in 4 years; taking us above national average.

I have established a close working relationship with the Diana Award Charity who has supported our Anti-bullying Ambassador programme. This programme has supported students at the Academies recognise the impact of bullying has developed leadership roles for students. Students that have taken part in the anti bullying training support their peers and primary students from feeder schools in addressing issues around bullying. This programme has been highly praised by Ofsted.

As the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead I am confident and competent in delivering training to staff through a well-structured CPD and to students through development days.

Specialist Areas of Expertise

  • Closing the Gap (Data, Disadvantaged - Ethnicity, Gender, Behaviour)
  • Behaviour and Discipline (Whole School)
  • Attendance (Whole School)
  • Mentoring and Coaching

Recent Training

  • Level 3 Safeguarding
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Mental Health and Behaviour
  • CSE
  • FGM/Forced Marriage
  • Prevent
  • Anti Bullying/Mentoring