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SEND/EBD Providers

These are the people who have come forward to offer SEND, EBD and Inclusion training via one-to-one or small group online support during the school closures.

Please contact them directly and negotiate all fees with them. Independent Thinking does not make any money from this.

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Name Email Website Areas of Expertise 
Sara Alston

 I am a highly experienced school leader and safeguarding practitioner offering Basic (Level 1/2) Safeguarding training for school staff; Safer Recruitment training (accredited to the Safer Recruitment Consortium); New to Role training for DSLs; Update training for DSLs; Training on Governors’ Safeguarding Responsibilities and PREVENT training. Under the SEND banner I offer working with children with Autism, including writing social stories; Working with children with Dyslexia; Behaviour as communication; Effective working with TAs; Pre- and over-learning; Effective differentiation without work overload.

Adele Bates

I work with teachers, trainees, school leaders and educators who are struggling to engage pupils with challenging behaviour; who want to create inclusive classrooms where learning is the focus. I am a teacher, speaker, writer and educator for students with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Ginny Bootman  
I am an experienced SENCO who specialises in and is passionate  about the role that empathy, trust and kindness play in the school environment for all stakeholders to make it an environment where everyone feels valued. This is pivotal for staff, children and parents alike. I love to share this through  interactive talks and discussions and via articles I have written.
Alastair Burnett  
I offer behaviour, management, systems and inclusion planning/training. Specifically during this period I can offer policy review and writing, 1:1 discussion on pastoral matters and planning. I can discuss current issues and help schools plan a way ahead on return.
Mark Goodwin
Experienced teacher, trainer, coach, still regularly in the classroom. My work on behaviour & well-being helps staff and young people positively connect with each other and connect with school. I can coach and train with small groups or one to one with a particular focus on young people who are deemed hard to reach or disengaged.
Dave Green
I work with state, special, PRU and Independent schools  on improving teaching and learning and using coaching skills to improve performance.  I also market an assessment tool for all SEND pupils with a developmental delay which works equally as well for home educated pupils (PAGS(R) @PagsProfile).  I have also carried out professional training (including online training) in areas such as metacognition, the teenage brain and some general neuroscience principles aligned to thinking maps and problem solving skills
Hannah Hall  
Delivering behaviour management training & consultancy nationally and internationally. This work also includes developing therapeutic and trauma-informed approaches and mental health. I also work as an Adviser reviewing and advising schools and other settings on SEND provision and the Leading Parent Partnership Award. I am also currently (until Corona!) supporting a six-school Trust reviewing and implementing systems and advising SLT on behaviour and curriculum.
Nina Jackson* Independent Thinking Profile
Mental Health and Well-being, one-to-one or small groups;
SEND – covering all aspect of SEND provision; Pedagogy and Practice including Differentiation, Creativity, Awe and Wonder, dealing with disaffected learners; The effective use of education technology including in a SEND setting. I am an Apple Teacher.
Bryn Llewellyn

Research demonstrates 'move and learn' approaches impact positively on levels of activity and academic performance. We offer bespoke online webinars so schools can learn  how to integrate our PAL (Physically Active Learning) approaches into teaching and learning across the school, both indoors and outdoors, to engage all learners, including disaffected ones. We will show you how to maximise impact of PE & the Sports Premium.

Tricia Millar

I’m an experienced trainer, author and programme developer offering literacy training for a variety of phases and settings, especially for those who have struggled in mainstream education. Reading: That Reading Thing is a one-to-one literacy programme that gets young people and adults “unstuck” quickly. The training is 100% online and available for one person or as many as you like. Spelling: That Spelling Thing is a book but also a hands-on remote workshop which is suitable for any and all staff. I’ve most recently been training vocational tutors in colleges and prisons who are responsible for improving learner literacy without any English teaching expertise.

Nicola S Morgan

An international educational consultant, teacher and author with over twenty years experience. Behaviour Management; Managing Difficult People; Managing Difficult Conversations; ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences); Restorative Approach; Engaging Families; Working with Parents

Joshua Okunlola

Trainer/consultant/mentor with experience in a SEND school running an alternative provision site who specialises in working with young people with challenging/complex behaviours and the staff/organisations who are in contact with them. I draw on Transactional Analysis approaches and have a particular interest in child development and how this impacts behaviour, conflict resolution and the restorative power of relationships.

Natalie Packer

Leadership of SEND; Support for meeting the needs of all pupils through high quality teaching in the classroom; Support for SENCOs (including advice about the statutory process and supporting individuals through the process); Guidance and mentoring for NQTs and early careers teachers; Using support staff effectively to improve pupil outcomes; Engaging parents of pupils with SEN

Lorraine Petersen OBE I specialise in SEND and Mental Health and Well-Being, especially for SENCOs. I have been working independently for the last seven years and prior to that I was CEO of NASEN following a 25 year career in teaching (10 of which as a Head Teacher). I am currently a Director of a Teaching School and Chair of Governors at a Special School. I am also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. 
Hywel Roberts* Independent Thinking Profile Curriculum; Engagement; Investment; Language; Literature; Story; Storytelling; Narrative inquiry; drama; Creative writing; Leadership; Optimism through the curriculum; Botheredness
Kate Whittlesey A bespoke educational consultancy, working with schools, leadership teams and SENCos across the UK to develop whole-school SEND provision and practice to improve outcomes for children of all ages. Support for  SENCos (new and old), EHCP/Funding, tribunal support and developing stakeholder engagement.


 *Indicates they are also an Independent Thinking Associate.

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