As an independent SEN & Disability, Heather has 25 years experience of working in special educational needs across a range of contexts. These include mainstream primary and secondary education, supply teaching in day and residential specialist provision, and working for a number of local authorities in the West Midlands providing advisory and support services to primary and secondary schools.
Heather's work has a focus on four main client groups:
Heather supports schools to achieve better outcomes for children & young people experiencing special educational needs, both short term and with longer term, more complex and challenging needs. Her background is in childhood autism, social, emotional and mental health difficulties and learning & cognition difficulties.This support may take the form of ad hoc or annual service level agreements with schools, with a flexibility to respond to urgen needs with one off visits (where viable geographically) or build longer term working partnerships in a systematic manner.
Support for schools, including Academy Trusts, may take the form of -
Support for local authorities may take the form of -
Support for parents & carers may take the form of -
Support for the Museums, Galleries & Heritage sector may take the form of -
Heather is currently a member of Riding for the Disabled Association Expert Therapy Panel, Chair of the RAF MUseum, London, Access Advisory Panel and a member of the Royal Academy of Art, Acess Advisory Board.
Heather is a frequent speaker at national and regional conferences on a range of SEND themes including policy initiatives. She is available to present at or chair conferences on request. Heather has spoken at conferences organised by, but not exclusive to, the following organisers - Westminster Education Forum, Public Policy Exchange, Royal Academy of Art, Salford University, Scarborough Head Teacher's Conference, Horses in Equine Therapy International (HETI), SEN Leader, OASIS Training Events and more.
Heather has been a member of the online consulting platform, GLG.since 2006.
Heather is also Founder of The Local Offer, a social enterprise embedded within the SEND reforms of September 2014, complimenting the work of local authorities but independent of local authority control.
Cognition and learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or physical development difficulties , Emotional, social & mental health difficulties.
Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16, Transition to adult services.
Consultancy Service, Education Service, Information, Guidance & Advocacy Service , Targeted Service & Specialist Practitioners .
Please make contact by phone or email in the first instance to discuss your needs. All new or potential clients are entitled to a free 30 minute telephone consultation to further discuss needs and how we may best work together.