Having previously worked as a Teacher and as an Educational Psychologist, Julia’s current role is as a Service Manager within the People’s Directorate of Southampton City Council and Principal Educational Psychologist for the Isle of Wight and Southampton Psychology Service. In her current role, Julia is responsible for a range of statutory education support services including Special Educational Needs, Educational Psychology and Education Welfare.
In addition to these statutory services, Julia has set up Inspire, a business unit which operates within Southampton City Council to deliver workforce development training and other non-statutory educational services on a traded, not-for-profit basis to schools and other educational settings as well as to other external organisations. These services are delivered by a multi-professional team including educational psychologists, emotional well-being development officers, speech and language assistants, bilingual assistants, and personal advisers.
Julia is joint lead for the Southampton SEND Pathfinder and, in particular, has led on the design and implementation of the integrated assessment model. As part of this work Julia has contributed to the Department for Education (DfE) Integrated Assessment Policy Working Group, and has given a number of presentations about the work that has taken place in Southampton including to the All Party Parliamentary Group at the House of Lords, to the DfE SEND Pathfinder Steering Group, and at the British Psychological Society Division of Educational and Child Psychology conference. She was also interviewed for Radio 4 World at One.