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.

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.

Rachael Nevin-Lewis

School Counsellor

Rachael works across all 5 schools within the Trust providing 1:1 counselling to deliver specialist interventions supporting students in developing strategies and building resilience for their mental health journey. Rachael is trained as a Person centred and Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor therefore uses a range of therapeutic approaches and creative techniques which she adapts to best meet the needs of our pupils.
Prior to her career as Counsellor Rachael’s background was in education where she developed her skillset across both mainstream Primary Schools and specialist educational provisions. For 3 years Rachael worked as an SEN Support teacher in an ESMH (Emotional, Social, and Mental Health) provision in Newcastle where she realised her passion in supporting children with their metal wellbeing. She has studied for a further 3 years at The Northern Guild for her Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with a child and adolescent specialism. Rachael is an active member of the British Association of Counselling Psychotherapists and is currently working towards her accreditation. She is committed to improving wellbeing, promoting inclusion and removing barriers to mental health for children within the community and North East.
When she isn’t working Rachael enjoys reading, exploring the Northumberland countryside with her family and dog, Nora. She has a keen interest in social politics and the environment.

NEAT Academy Trust is an exempt charity and company limited by guarantee registered in England with company number 10561094. The company's registered office is 1 Hedley Court, Orion Business Park, North Shields, NE29 7ST