Heather M Stack
Heather is an independent SEN & Disability consultant with a background in teaching and local authority support services, before transitioning to the formation of innovative, flexible and responsive services to schools and the wider education community.
The Local Offer has been born out of a desire to secure the opportunities contained within the SEND Reforms following on from the SEN Green Paper: Support and Aspiration – a new approach to special educational needs and disability (March 2011) and reinforced through the Children and Families Act (March 2014).
In particular, reference to a need to “encourage greater collaboration between local professionals and services and across local boundaries… enabling local leaders and frontline professionals to shape and deliver responsive, integrated and high quality local services that give parents greater confidence in and control over the support their family receives…” (SEN Green Paper: 5.4) has been influential in shaping the formation of The Local Offer as a social enterprise.
Too many children and young people with special educational needs have their curriculum, opportunities and life chances limited by a lack of knowledge and control over the services available to them, and by a closed system that does not always fully embrace the true breadth of local specialist provision from the private or third sector.
As a consultant moving from the public to private sector, Heather has seen at first hand the closed-door approach to services that do not fall under local authority control, and the constraints imposed on SEND service delivery by other education professionals. Opportunities for greater collaboration between the sectors and across local and regional boundaries, has long been a focus of Heather’s work and interest.
Heather has a background as a teacher of English & Humanities in secondary education before transitioning to special education. She has specialist knowledge of children and young people with a range of learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder & Asperger Syndrome and behaviour, emotional & social development difficulties (now categorised as social, emotional and mental health difficulties)..
As a consultant Heather’s work has delivered annual, termly or ad hoc contractual work and projects, including interim senior leadership roles with a wide range of organisations and educational settings, including -
Slough Borough Council, Cambridge Education School Improvement Team, Ofqual, Public Policy Exchange, CIPFA, Westminster Education Forum ,
St Benedicts International School, Lisbon, Connexions, Harper Collins Publishing, Forum Business Conferences, The Natural History Museum,
The Victoria & Albert Museum, Service Children Support Network, Ruskin Mill Educational Trust, Northern Schools Heads Conference, The Key, NTRL Training Providers, Compton Verney, OSIRIS, Gem West Midlands, Entrust Care Partnership, Riding for the Disabled Association, as well as service level agreements with schools across the public and private sector in Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire.