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Lorraine Thompson

Inclusion Manager, Furness Education Consortium

Lorraine works for the Furness Education Consortium of secondary schools, based in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria, where she has been employed since April 2006. Her main area of responsibility is the development and delivery of the Inclusion agenda across the Furness secondary schools, which includes working with the local authority to improve the development and delivery of Alternative Provision.

In the past she has worked in Further Education, the Third Sector and an Education Action Zone, now expanding her own learning in the secondary phase of education.

Lorainne was instrumental in designing and developing the Personalised Extended Curriculum Standard quality assurance tool for Cumbria County Council, evidencing good and outstanding practice in Alternative Provision. An important part of this work has been her involvement with other local authorities to support their development and implementation of quality assurance processes.

She lead on different pieces of work for the consortium and the local authority, most recently having focussed on the need for improving the way they support vulnerable young people with their transition to Post 16 provision. Building and maintaining good working relationships is key to the successful delivery of projects in the Furness area, as a result of this Lorraine’s work is varied, interesting and very rewarding.