Our team

Dr Jude Joughin

Jude is an experienced and highly-regarded psychologist. She qualified as a Child and Educational Psychologist in 2009 and has worked in both local authorities and directly for schools.

Jude has presented at national conferences on challenging behaviour, has provided expert opinion for a national paper on school transition, and has spoken on BBC national radio on mental health in young people. Jude is also an honorary lecturer on the Child and Educational Psychology doctorate at Manchester University.

Prior to setting up Footsteps Psychology, Jude worked as the lead psychologist in a Multi Academy Trust whereby she established and led a specialist team who provided a well renowned excellent service to schools.

Jude has developed specialist knowledge in the areas of social, emotional and behavioural needs; systemic work within schools; children with delayed development; and speech, language and communication needs within school. Jude has extensive casework experience in these areas for pupils of all ages and has advised schools at a strategic level.

Data collated from every aspect of Jude’s work demonstrates impact for both pupils and for schools at a systemic level, quality first teaching and individual level.

Dr Katie Caddick 

Dr Katie Caddick has worked as an Educational Psychologist for 13 years. She works with children and young people between the ages of 0 and 24, and with a range of parents/carers and professionals across the health, education and care sector.

Over the last five years Katie has been working as a Senior Specialist Psychologist in residential special schools, supporting children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs. She works as part of a clinical team, supporting some of the most vulnerable and challenging children in the country. Prior to this she worked for a Local Authority, supporting clusters of mainstream schools, special schools, nurseries and Children’s Centres. Katie was lead for Primary SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects Of Learning) in an Authority and has played significant roles in national and local mental health agendas.

Katie has enhanced skills in the areas of attachment, complex trauma, mental health, emotional wellbeing and understanding challenging behaviours. She also has enhanced skills in working at a strategic level within schools, supporting them to fulfil whole school initiatives and development plans. She is experienced in providing specialist psychological assessments and therapeutic support based upon the gathering, analysing and interpreting of complex data, and the application of psychological formulation and hypothesis testing.

Katie’s aim when working with professionals, parents, carers and children and young people is to apply psychological theory to practice by finding strategies, interventions and recommendations that are effective, targetted and practical for a given scenario and setting. Katie has a background in teaching and has qualified teacher status.

Most of Katie’s work is centred around the Midlands but she also carries out joint work with Psychologists from other parts of the country. Katie is the founder of Rise Psychology, https://rise-psychology.com.

‘Jude has a relentless focus on ensuring that the right provision is effectively targeted for pupils. She sensitively brings in new ideas and research to improve current provision, and in developing deeper understanding of a wide range of SEND at both the practitioner and school level. Her casework is of the very highest quality and her leadership work has ensured that our schools have the capacity for future self-improvement.’

‘Jude has been a huge support to us at AGGS over the years she has worked with us. She has been invaluable both in terms of her guidance, advice and support of staff and her work with individual students. She has always been highly professional, positive and solution-focused, ensuring that we  support our young people in the most effective way possible.’

‘Jude has a wealth of knowledge and expertise and has supported us to develop our knowledge of how to support children who may face barriers to their learning. She worked alongside us to formulate strategies and solutions and has had a significant impact on how we work as a school.’

‘I value Jude’s expertise so much. As a Principal, it’s really important to have total confidence in the advice & guidance given around student support.  Specialist support for students is a priority for us and Jude’s input has made such a positive difference to our students and our staff.  I can’t thank her enough and would recommend her without any hesitation.’

‘Jude is effective in a whole school CPD capacity and has made a huge impact on whole staff knowledge which has impacted our ethos in the school. I will definitely be keeping her on speed dial.

Jude is knowledgeable, passionate and approachable. The students adore her and she is always able to provide effective strategies. She is also able to break down information for teaching staff in a manageable way allowing for strategies to be dispersed effectively throughout the school.’

‘Jude’s commitment to schools and pupils is exceptional; she frequently goes that extra mile.’

‘I worked with Jude for a number of years and she always provided invaluable guidance, support and advice.  She gave support directly to students, helped to offer solutions and practical suggestions to staff as well as working with parents/carers. This approach ensured that we were all implementing the most appropriate strategies for the young person.’

Jude is organised, professional, committed and established positive relationships with all stakeholders at the school. At all times, Jude followed the school policies and procedures in relation to safeguarding.’

‘Jude has worked closely with a number of schools I have lead and has always provided excellent support for students, staff and parents. Her expertise has helped us to improve provision and outcomes for a range of vulnerable pupils. I would recommend her to any educational establishment.’

‘Working with Footsteps has been a breathe of fresh air, Jude is all about making sure the right advice is delivered to the right people: those in the classroom.’

‘Jude has worked with Stanley Grove for a very long time. She was instrumental in devising and implementing a new behaviour policy for the school that was comprehensive yet simple to follow, based on the Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports Framework.  As a result, our teachers have said that they feel better equipped to manage behaviour within the setting and empowered to create a positive climate for learning.’

‘O really took to Jude and within a week we had a report back and a meeting was booked with school to consider strategies for O. Since then he’s made much better progress and is now saygin that he enjoys school which is a big step!’

‘Jude is an extremely experienced educational psychologist whose vision and innovative approach successfully ensured a systemic approach to intervention and strategic professional development in order to meet the needs of pupils across a range of special and mainstream provision.’

‘Jude’s expertise was invaluable when implementing the School Wide Positive Behaviour Support approach at our school. Her experience and understanding of whole school change combined with research based knowledge resulted in successful pupil, parental and staff engagement.’

‘Thank you so much for your input with K. Things have changed massively for her and she’s now talking about further study after her GSCES. This wouldn’t have been possible without you and helping her to see things differently. Thank you.’