With broad experience over a long career, teaching from 3 to 19 yrs in both Mainstream, Special and PRU settings, I have chosen to work predominantly in the unique world of Early Childhood Education. I am currently the Specialist Teacher for Early Years in Ashford District, Kent, supporting practitioners, parents and children with SEND. I am responsible for Research and Development of the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.
I am also privileged to be an Affiliate Member of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Pedagogy at University College London.
I share a particular interest in Neuro-scientific developments which are enabling us to visualise the impact of healthy, and damaging, experiences in babies, toddlers and infants. This is helping us redefine our inter-relationships with children and young people and clarify what we mean by ‘early intervention’. It will also shape the essential discourse we need around curriculum change, pedagogy and #TransformingEd21. We do know how to improve education and lives, but it will require a change of direction.
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Early evaluation of the children and young people’s mental health trailblazer programme
This animation summarises the key findings. Starting in 2019, The Children and Young People’s Mental Health Trailblazer programme created mental health support teams to work in schools and further education colleges in 25 areas of the UK. These teams were designed to...
Attachment Research Community – Call to Action
SEBDA is a signatory to the ARC’s (Attachment Research Community) campaign to raise awareness of Attachment and Trauma needs within schools across England. The Call To Action is for a system wide redevelopment of policies and processes , academic support and training...
SEND and alternative provision improvement plan: right support, right place, right time
In March 2023 the Government published an Improvement Plan setting out their proposals to create a sustainable SEND and alternative provision system that is easier for families to navigate and will improve outcomes and experiences for all children and young people...