EXCEPTIONAL IDEAS LTD
HAZEL BUNTING AND BRETT RUNCHMAN
Having qualified as a registered nurse in learning disabilities in 1995, and completing the post registration course ENB 997/997 Teaching and assessing in clinical practice, I returned to full time education and completed a degree in Specialist Community Practice BSc (Hons) in 2002.
From the beginning of my nursing career, I worked with adults and children with complex health, psychological and social problems. I have worked in residential care, secure provision and children’s behavioural outreach and always looked for ways to develop practice to benefit those in my care. I also believe it to be crucial to value and develop those staff delivering education and care.
I made the move into education in 2005, working within the independent education sector, again developing practice aimed at improving the outcomes of school leavers with complex needs. It was at this time that I was able to integrate my nursing skills into the educational setting, paying attention to measurable outcomes and evidence based planning.
It was whilst working for this school that I met Hazel and found that our knowledge bases and skills were a match. We realised that we worked in the same way and had a very similar dream for children who were otherwise excluded from, or couldn’t cope with, mainstream provision and we decided to create a unique service, a unique school. We believe that engaging with family and other professionals to be of paramount importance in the quest to change student’s lives forever. More than this we believe students should own their challenges and the solutions that enable them to progress in life.
I believe with the appropriate moral and research based equipped environment that we can assist these young people to realise a life that they themselves are proud of.
Having qualified and worked as a nurse I returned to full time education and completed a degree in Psychology (BSc(Hons)) followed by a PGCE, becoming a qualified teacher in 1992.
From the beginning of my teaching I worked with students with behavioural problems, ADHD and ASD and gravitated naturally to these students. I made a move to Suffolk Education Authority where I worked as a Special Needs Officer for 4 years.
I worked for a national company, setting up their Eastern team working with Looked After Children and working to include previously excluded students back into mainstream provision. After 8 years, by which time I was working all over the UK, I took redundancy and set up providing training and consultancy for mainstream staff and helping a small independent school through their OFSTED inspection.
It was whilst working for this school that I met Brett and we realised that we worked in the same way and had the same vision for children who were otherwise excluded from, or couldn’t cope with, mainstream provision and we decided to start on our own. We shared a philosophy and a drive to see these children succeed and to support them and their families whilst ensuring they remained at home and in the heart of their family and community.
After a rocky beginning we have moved from one to three schools and an outreach service for those who cannot immediately access provision in school.
I believe that all students deserve a differentiated curriculum that will enable them to work towards independence and to hold high expectations of themselves and their dreams for the future and work towards achieving these aims within a calm and supportive environment.
Senior Leadership Team
Deputy for Education and Examinations Officer -
I have been with Exceptional Ideas Ltd for a fair while now, having started as a Student Mentor, working my way up to Senior Student Mentor and am now working as Deputy Director for Education. I work across all of the schools and our outreach service and love the diversity that this brings to my job. I enjoy working with students and staff alike and have a role to play in most curriculum and assessment decisions, as well as being Exams Officer for our centre. Working for Exceptional Ideas Ltd is rewarding, challenging and, best of all, fun!
Senior for Training and Recruitment
I have been with Exceptional Ideas Ltd for just under six years. I absolutely love my job with Exceptional Ideas, as I am very fortunate that my role includes going to all school sites. This means I get to meet and build professional relationships with all the students, as well as the staff team, supporting and mentoring daily. With the recruitment side, where safeguarding is paramount, as an organisation and an individual I am committed to ensuring that our safeguarding policy is adhered to at all times.
Operational senior- Brook view
I joined exceptional ideas in 2015 as a student mentor. I worked my way up the therapeutic lead for Brookview school. After gaining 5 year experience and still loving the job I have moved to Primrose Hill School in Chelmsford where I am now the operational senior. I am very much looking forward to progressing my self further and the staff team here at Primrose Hill.
Operational Senior - Teaseldown
Hi my name is Ashlie, I’ve been with Exceptional Ideas since 2014.
I started as a student mentor and after two years I was promoted to Therapeutic Lead.
Two years after that I worked towards another promotion and am now the Operational Senior at Teaseldown.
I love my job, mostly because I work and support some talented, gifted and very special students all of whom are individuals that make my job one of the best in the world!
Operational Senior- Primrose Hill
I am a student mentor at Brook View. I joined in April 2015. I used to work in a children's nursery and run a youth club. I am now head of therapeutic practice in Brookview school.
Operational Senior - Outreach
Senior for Outreach - My name is Anne and I lead the Outreach Service. I have 17 years’ experience in mainstream secondary schools in Herts and Essex. I previously worked as a Senior Associate Teacher and intervention tutor covering all subjects of the curriculum. I am also an experienced Maths tutor for KS2/3/4 and SEN students. I love my work and I am passionate about helping students achieve the best of their potential through positive engagement.
Senior for Data Management and Deputy Exams Officer
Senior Student Mentor for Data Management - Hi I'm Mel I've worked for exceptional ideas for 6 years, started as a student mentor in Primrose Hill, then progressing to Deputy Exams Coordinator and then to Senior of Data and Deputy of Exams.I currently facilitate the collection of student data throughout the academic year and turn this into usable data to produce student reports on progress and achievements. I also help coordinate the exams season.
Administration and Site Management
Senior Administrator - I started work for Exceptional Ideas Ltd in April 2013, starting as admin assistant and progressing to Senior Administrator. I can be found in the office at Teaseldown School in Sible Hedingham. I enjoy my work and love it when the students pop in to say hello and bring me pictures for my wall.
Admin Assistant - Hi, I'm Di and I've been working with Exceptional Ideas Ltd at Teaseldown School since the end of November 2017 as Admin Assistant. I have a strong background in administration and enjoy my work plus I love learning new skills.
Hi My name is Richard. My job is to keep everything working. I also seem to be constantly decorating.
Website and social media managment
hi, i'm Danny. My main role within the company is to make sure that the website is always up to date, and to post daily on our social media pages the work and success stories of students. I am currently studying law at university, and when i'm not in the library can usually be found eating!
Admin Assistant - I'm based at our outreach office in Black Notley. I keep files up to date, help out with recruitment and work closely with data management.
Student Mentor (Planning co-ordinator)- I have worked for Exceptional Ideas ltd since September 2010. I have a varied job history, having worked in the hospitality industry, care work, and driving instruction. I am currently studying for a Level 3 diploma in Child Development.
TEASELDOWN @ THE SUGAR LOAVES
Teaseldown Student Mentors
Student Mentor and CP Lead
Student Mentor and CP Lead- Hi I'm Ali, I have worked at Teaseldown since September 2014 and I am the geography cooordinator for all schools, the Child Protection Lead and Transition lead for Teaseldown School. I studied Business and Finance at the University of Wolverhampton and, after completing my studies, I worked in the NHS for 20 years. I accept people as they are and I believe that every person should be treated as individual.
Student Mentor - Therapeutic Lead
Student Mentor - Hi, I’m Debby, I joined the Exceptional team in September 2018. Previously I was an LSA within a Primary School setting. I enjoy teaching English and Maths and developing my skills with the therapeutic team also I am excited to bring creativeness and fun into learning .
Student Mentor and Induction coordinator
Student Mentor - Hi, my name is Lydia, I am originally from Lancashire. Throughout my career I have worked with vulnerable adults, in a nursery and in a school for 7 years. I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, walking and having fun!
Student Mentor - Hi I'm Chelsea, I started at Teasledown in July 2017. I've been working in the care environment since I was 17. I previously worked as a healthcare assistant at Addenbrookes hospital, on the Teenage Cancer Trust ward. I would say I'm a creative, caring and bubbly person who is willing to try and learn new things!
Student Mentor- Hi, I work at Teaseldown School, and I have worked in education for the last 28 years from primary through to Adult Education. I have passion for learning and believe learning should be fun. In my spare time I enjoy family time, cooking, especially cake and special occasion cake making, doing anything arty and reading. I am involved in my local community, enjoy travelling and I am currently trying to learn Italian as I love to learn new things.
Student Mentor - Hi, my name is Barry, and I work at Teaseldown School. I have previously worked as a support worker for Family Mosaic, and also for Essex County Council.
Student Mentor - I started with Exceptional Ideas Ltd in October 2018. I have ten years voluntary experience with adults with learning and behavioural difficulties and am enjoy working with the students at Teaseldown School.
Student Mentor - Hi my name is Kelly and I work at Teaseldown school. In previous roles I have worked as a Speech and Language LSA, supporting 11-16 year old students in main stream education. I have also worked at a local college as a Progress & Destination Tutor and a Welfare & Safeguarding Officer and found these roles extremely rewarding. I am a very practical person and enjoy decorating, sports and any outdoor activity.
Student Mentor - I have a BA Honours degree in Criminology from the University of Essex, I also have qualifications in both Psychology and Biology at A level. For me, joining the team here at Exceptional Ideas Ltd is all about being able to make a difference via education and support. This is so that progress for these young people who face additional challenges can be achieved.
Student Mentor - I started with Exceptional Ideas Ltd in early 2019. I have previously worked in a mainstream school with students that had an EHCP and loved it. I like being a part of the team at Teasledown and enjoy helping the students thrive and achieve their very best. I love spending time with my family and taking my little dog, Biscuit for walks.
PRIMROSE HILL SCHOOL
Primrose Hill Student Mentors
Student Mentor - My name is Laz and I am the Computer Science and Music co-ordinator for Exceptional- Ideas Ltd.
I am responsible for the planning and creation of lesson plans for Computer Science and Music to a GCSE standard, as well as co-ordinating Computer science training across our teams.
Computer Science is a relatively new subject specification for schools in the UK and around the world. Computer Science is a very relevant subject in today's world and can be applied to most industry sectors. We are striving to achieve an engaging and innovative curriculum for our students in Computer Science and we are always looking for new ways to incorporate new technologies into all subject areas within our schools.
The music curriculum is a creative learning experience that allows our students to express themselves through the medium of music. The music curriculum allows students to explore their own personal interests in music as well as exploring a wider range of music from around the world.
I enjoy my job and take pride in being part of a team that works together to create learning opportunities that are both engaging and inspiring for our students.
Student Mentor (Therapeutic Lead) - I am a therapeutic lead for Primrose Hill school. My role is to over see the therapeutic progress of the students within the school. I work closely with the transition coordinator to make sure that students have the tools to face transitional periods in their lives. I enjoy teaching art, food technology and geography.
Student Mentor (Transition Coordinator) - I work at the Primrose Hill School. I am currently doing a humanities degree and will be graduating 2020. I have a varied background having worked as a retail manager and support worker. My favourite subjects are music, art, drama and humanities.
Senior student mentor (maternity leave)
Student Mentor - I work at the Primrose Hill school. I have mostly worked in the care sector with the elderly. I also have a diploma in child care and education. I enjoy working with the students, especially when teaching art, P.E. and cooking.
Student Mentor - I am a Student Mentor at Primrose Hill School. During my 20+ years in business I have taught primary school pupils through to degree level students. My speciality is music production and technology, photographic and video production. I'm currently studying for my masters degree at the University of Chichester
Student Mentor - IHi, I’m Karen and started working for Exceptional Ideas in July 2019. I was previously a nurse in the Royal Air Force. After having children, I started working in Junior schools as a 1-1 LSA. I completed my HLTA in February 2016. I believe that all children are important and deserve to have a good education no matter what issues they have.
Hi, I’m Ryan. I started as a student mentor at Primrose Hill school on the 2nd Of December 2019. I joined while still studying my open degree in illustration to further my passion of Art as well as peruse my goal of working in education. After various jobs roles training and teaching, I have looked forward to becoming an educator and being part of helping children reach their full potential. My skills and interests are any form of Art and Design, I.T, Music and have a passion to learn more to help me in my job role at exceptional ideas
BROOK VIEW SCHOOL
Brook View Student Mentors
Student Mentor - Hello I'm Elvin and I have a degree in Social Psychology and a MSc in Sociology. I have joined the Brook View School in November 2019. I have previously worked with children as a Kindergarten and Primary School teacher a few years ago. I enjoy working with students and helping them progress with their plans and goals. I am happy to be part of such a lovely team at Brook View. Even though I am new I look forward learning new things and developing myself as well.
Student Mentor - Hi my name is Debbie, I work at the Brook View school. Before starting at Exceptional Ideas, I mainly worked with vulnerable adults within residential settings and in the community although I have worked with children with special educational needs in the past during my work experience which I found very rewarding although challenging at times.
Student Mentor - Hi, my name is Becky, I joined the team at Brook View in September 2015. I have 2 children, one of whom suffers with ADHD and Autism. I have a background in accounts, which will come in handy as I am caretaker in maths.
Hi, I am Arran, I completed a degree in Music Technology in 2017. Before joining Exceptional Ideas I was teaching English to businesses in Costa Rica, once I returned to the UK I wanted to continue teaching which led me to Exceptional Ideas!
Student Mentor - Hi, my name is Leanne and I work at Brook View. I joined the team at the end of October 2018. I have worked with children, young people and families since 2006. Throughout this I have worked in a variety of setting ranging from Nursery, Children’s Home and Social Care. My last position within Social care was as a Family Support Practitioner where I supported children, young people and families make positive changes. My favourite subjects are Food Technology, English and Science.
Student Mentor - Hi my name is Marnie, I joined Brookview school in June 2019 as a Student Mentor. Previously I worked as a childrens team leader in a well know retail store. I have a passion for art and design and I love working with Computers whether they be windows or mac. I enjoy problem solving. and I am really enjoying my change in job role and my time so far with exceptional ideas.
Brook View Student Mentors
My name is Paula, I work at Brookview School. I have worked with younger children for the last 17 years in nurseries as a SENCO. It has been my long term goal to work with secondary school aged children supporting their learning and transition into the wide world!
The Outreach Team
Student Mentor - Outreach
Outreach Student Mentor - Hi my name is Jess. I first came across Exceptional Ideas when my son was offered a place at Teaseldown, in 2010 . He stayed for 3 years, and it totally changed our lives for the better. I came to work as a Student Mentor in 2015 at Teaseldown. I finished my degree in 2016. BSc with honours in Mathematics. I now do outreach and when I'm not at work can usually be found with my four dogs, or riding my motorbike, or crocheting.