Meet the family support team

Silvia Blenkley

Lead Professional - Vulnerable Learners

Silvia’s role is to support senior leaders and staff across the trust to develop innovative and evidence-based strategies, interventions and practice to impact positively for vulnerable learners to enable them to reach their full educational potential. She also leads the trust’s central family support team to enable all learners and their families to achieve high levels of attendance and good standards of behaviour and attitudes to learning.
She has recently supported a project to trial family-based approaches to improving attendance across a range of schools, which was funded from the DfE's Strategic School Improvement Fund.
Silvia has significant experience in education supporting children in early years up to adult education. She graduated from Northumbria University with a First Class Honours Degree in Professional Practice in Education and is a fully qualified teacher in post-16 education and a qualified NVQ/HLTA Assessor.
Silvia progressed to roles as Advisor to Schools and Teaching and Learning Consultant as a member of Newcastle City Council's School Improvement Team, delivering accredited training to support staff in schools and successfully creating, managing and supporting the development of training centres throughout the city. When not in work, Silvia enjoys swimming and travelling.

Dan Morrsion

Family Support Officer

As the central team’s Family Support Officer Dan’s role is to support children and their families across NEAT. He has lots of experience working within an educational setting to support children, young people and their families. Through assessing, planning and providing a tailored package of support, he enables children to achieve their full learning potential. Dan works from a whole family strengths based assertive approach whilst working within a child protection framework and provides both practical and therapeutic support to families.
Dan has previously supported children at Walkergate Community School from early years throughout primary and gained valuable experience in supporting learning and dealing with challenging behaviour. He recently supported safeguarding and attendance at Tyneview and West Walker Primary schools whilst providing targeted support to children within the classroom.
Dan has an Honours Degree in Social Work and Educational Practice from Northumbria University. When not in work, Dan enjoys family life and takes a keen interest in boxing and rugby.

Amber Milligan

Attendance Officer

Amber is a home-grown talent as she was a pupil at our own Tyneview Primary School. From 2014 she worked relentlessly to support pupils and families at Tyneview and West Walker Primary Schools as Attendance Assistant, which was her first full-time role after completing a Social Care degree.
Since October 2017 Amber has worked full-time as the trust's Attendance Officer, complementing the work undertaken by individual schools, which involves her working with specific children and their families to improve their attendance.
Away from work Amber is busy being a mum to her young daughter and enjoys exploring the countryside with her Jack Russell, Django. She also loves reading all kinds of books and does not go anywhere without her Kindle.