Stockport Learning Support Service

Social Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) Inclusion Teachers


Meet the team...


Hi, I’m Toria Jarvis and I re-joined the team in September 2020. I have previously worked across all Key Stages from Early Years to Key Stage 4 in Liverpool, Salford, Tameside and Stockport. Throughout my career I have always had a particular interest in understanding behaviour as form of communication, identifying the drivers behind behaviour and teaching children the skills they need on their journey to independence and an understanding themselves. I particularly enjoy using whole class Restorative Circle work with children to encourage peer support, explore difficult topics and create a safe space for conversation.

I value the work we do with supporting staff and students to building positive relationships  which enable us to move forward in a positive way.


I am Diane Partridge and I joined  in September 2009 after a number of years working as a class teacher and leader in mainstream primary schools.

I am the team lead for early years. In this role I work with schools to support our youngest learners who present with challenging behaviour in school. I attend a multidisciplinary group to consider how best to support nurseries and schools who work hard to support vulnerable children who have additional challenges in education.

I have a particular interest in considering the whole child and have worked using a nurturing approach in school, setting up Nurture Groups and supporting schools to run them. I also have an interest in children with ASD which has led me to develop training exploring the positive use of visuals in school.   


I’m Samantha Pountain and I joined the team as a Behaviour Support Coordinator in September 2020.  Historically, I worked as a Key Stage 1 teacher, member of the senior leadership team and Special Educational Needs Coordinator in a  Stockport primary school. I also have experience of working with children with complex and severe learning difficulties in a specialist setting and play schemes for young people with Autism Spectrum Condition.

I am particularly interested in working with staff, children and families to improve mental health and wellbeing as I believe this is a key component in fostering healthy development and positive outcomes.


Hello, I’m Elaine Robertson and I have worked for BSS since September 2011.   I have  had a number of different roles within education including mainstream classroom teacher, behaviour support in a specialist BESD unit, 1:1 support for children with significant social, mental and emotional health difficulties in a mainstream setting, and a Behaviour Mentor with BSS. I currently work across the Key Stages from EYFS to KS4.

I am a Team Teach Tutor, delivering training in schools about de-escalation and positive behaviour management. I also deliver the Midday Supervisors’ Network providing termly support. I have also recently qualified as a SENDCO.

I am particularly interested in supporting staff in building positive relationships with students and in working with adults and children to find a way forward together. Like any other area of the curriculum, I believe that successful behaviour is something that can be taught and I deliver training focusing on ways to approach this.


Hi , I am Diane Sullivan and I was a Behaviour Support Co-ordinator for 12 years. I have worked across both primary and secondary settings.

I am interested in helping children to understand how they can develop greater control over their bodies. In doing so children begin to understand how they can calm themselves and restore emotional balance. As a result children can cope better with everyday challenges and make improved choices for themselves. I support school staff and children suffering anxiety issues with yoga and relaxation programmes.