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Special Education Needs Advisers

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Jeremy Bird is an inspirational and visionary school improvement consultant. He has a passion for education with an excellent track record of supporting school leaders. He is a dynamic, pro-active leader and coach, empowering staff at all levels to take ownership using coaching, training and mentoring. A natural communicator, Jeremy has proven ability in building cohesive teams to achieve challenging targets.


Jeremy served as a headteacher in two primary schools prior to becoming a consultant.


Jeremy can offer support in the following areas: Coaching school leaders and governors in primary and special schools; Inducting newly appointed leaders and teachers; Facilitating professional discussion and development in a range of middle, senior and headteacher leadership activities; Supporting leaders in developing the rationale, implementation and evaluation of their curriculum; Challenging leaders in their self-evaluation of school effectiveness.

Jeremy Bird

Catherine Carroll is an education consultant and university lecturer specialising in inclusion, special educational needs and the education of children and young people in care. Her practice and research interests also include professional supervision for educators and the development of evidence informed practice in schools. For the past ten years she has held senior lecturer/research fellow positions in education at UCL, Roehampton University and currently at St Mary’s university. Catherine’s research has been published in international peer reviewed journals and professional publications. She is an experienced school governor.

Catherine can offer support in the following areas: SEND, SENCO support, staff supervision, inclusion, and the education of students in care.

Catherine Carroll
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Rachel is an experienced educational consultant, specialising in Inclusion and parenting support. She has been working in and with Barnet primary schools for nearly 20 years and was an Inclusion Leader for 10 years. She has an empathetic and holistic approach to Inclusion, working closely with all stakeholders to ensure positive outcomes for young people.  Rachel can offer support to schools in all areas of SEND including: SENDCo mentoring and support; EHCP support (applications and annual review cycles); advice and support for disabilities including hidden disabilities; SEND compliance (policy work); supporting parents and carers; supporting Looked After Children (LAC).

Rachel Clark
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Sandra Down is the Deputy Head at Oakleigh Special School based in Barnet. Sandra has a wealth of experience in teaching children with complex SEND across Early Years, Key stages 1 and 2 and supporting teams with key strategies to assess the children’s learning needs, to develop communication systems, deliver outstanding lessons and to manage behaviour positively. Her expertise has been used to design a curriculum for children with complex SEND. She is also Team Teach intermediate trainer.

Sandra can offer support in the following areas;

  • Assessment of children with complex SEND;

  • Curriculum design;

  • Lesson planning and delivery;

  • Understanding and positively supporting behaviour;

  • Developing communication systems;

  • Effective use of Intensive interaction and delivery of Attention Autism strategies;

  • Supporting children with sensory processing difficulties.

Sandra Down
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Jenny Gridley has worked in Barnet for over 30 years both as a teacher, deputy, headteacher and advisory headteacher. In her role as Headteacher of Oakleigh School, Jenny has taken the school from ‘improving’ to three times ‘outstanding’.  She has also been seconded to the Local Authority three times to support the work of the SEN departments within the Education and Skills service.

Jenny has an excellent understanding of the context of Barnet and a wide range of children and young people with special educational needs both in mainstream, additionally resourced provisions and special schools. Jenny can offer support in the area of SEN for new headteachers or SENCOs; progress and attainment for children with SEN; differentiation and how to support parents of children with SEN. Jenny understands how to provide an outstanding climate so that pupils with SEN can excel!

Jenny Gridley
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Jeni has over 17 years of Headteacher experience, ten of which were as an Executive Head; extensive and significant experience of special educational needs at school and county level across different local authorities and 28 years of experience of teaching and leading mathematics, including working as a Primary Strategy Consultant, and obtaining Maths Specialist Teacher status.

Jeni can support your school by offering a wide range of bespoke provision tailored to your needs. This could include professional development and training for your Maths Lead, including effective use of data and how to hold colleagues to account;  delivering small group or whole school staff training on a wide range of teaching, learning and assessment and school improvement aspects; supporting your staff in keeping abreast of changes in education such as the proposed changes in the SEND Green Paper 2022; class based support to improve teaching and learning from Early Years through to Year 6; support for middle and senior leaders to review and improve the use of your chosen schemes of work or professional develop, support and training for middle and senior leaders new to leadership.

Jeni Houghton
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Soli Lazarus was formerly the assistant SENCO at Colindale Primary School with 30 years experience. Soli supported children with special needs; including those with cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, developmental delay, autism and ADHD. Soli is an expert in inclusion, differentiation and planning.

Soli is passionate about ADHD as her son was diagnosed some years ago so has experienced first-hand living with the condition.

In 2015 Soli set up Yellow Sun to support families with ADHD and Autism. She runs support groups and offers advice and coaching. She is presently training teachers and staff on how to effectively support pupils with the neurological condition of ADHD that perhaps affects 2 in every class.

Soli could offer support and training to schools on helping pupils with ADHD.  Practical strategies to use in the classroom that don’t cost a fortune but can make a massive difference to a child’s feelings of self-worth and helping them reach their full learning potential.

Soli Lazarus
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Joann Moore has been working in the field of Special Educational Needs and Disability for over 20 years.  She was the Assistant Head Teacher and Inclusion manager at Moss Hall Infant School for 12 years.  During this time OFSTEDs and BPSI reviews considered Inclusion to be outstanding.   Joann has worked in a variety of roles in Barnet, Haringey and Newham and has undertaken considerable work around the implementation of the SEN Code of Practice both in school and with Barnet.  Currently she works as a Pre School Inclusion Teacher at Oakleigh School and the Early Years Centre.  She also works for the specialist team within Barnet and as an Educational Consultant in social care for Camden Local Authority.  She is particularly passionate about Inclusion being at the heart of everything schools do. Joann is able to offer support to SENCos; provide training and advice around all aspects of Inclusion; and provide SEN support for staff, children and families.

Joann Moore
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Ruth Simpkins is a successful inclusion specialist with over 25 years experience in education. She has worked as a local authority advisory teacher, deputy head teacher, assistant head teacher, resource base manager, teacher and inclusion consultant across six London boroughs. Ruth is an approachable people person who quickly develops positive relationships with all stakeholders in schools. She has successfully mentored many new and inexperienced SENCOs into role and has vast experience of supporting experienced SENCOs, in auditing provision and developing a strategic approach to inclusion in their schools.

Ruth has led on inclusion and safeguarding at 9 different schools and understands the challenges currently facing senior leadership teams. She has vast experience of auditing need and provision in schools, developing inclusion action plans, referring children to outside agencies, setting up effective admin and record keeping systems, developing and monitoring interventions, successfully applying for EHCPs, organising and chairing multi agency meetings and supporting staff in meeting all areas of the SEN code of practice.

Ruth Simpkins
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Nazlee has worked in Primary Education for over 25 years, in both inner and outer London boroughs; Waltham Forest, Enfield, Brent and Barnet. Nazlee has extensive experience as a leader, as Deputy Headteacher of Frith Manor for 9 years in Barnet.  Currently, Nazlee is working back in Barnet at Cromer Road as Deputy Headteacher and Inclusion Leader. Nazlee has a wealth of experience in leadership, embedding a strategic vision, promoting school values and school improvement priorities in collaboration with others. Nazlee offers a coaching approach and can build quick trust with others in a supportive and sensitive manner. Having strong links in the borough is an asset, which can support your school.

Nazlee is passionate about inclusive learning and is successful in promoting positive parental engagement. Nazlee’s expertise and breadth of experience, means that she can offer your school support in the following areas:

  • School Improvement

  • Monitoring systems

  • Behaviour systems- Trauma informed practice

  • Safeguarding

  • Training for TA’s

  • Curriculum Design

  • SEND Systems

  • Inclusive practice

  • Developing Middle leaders

  • Parental engagement

Nazlee Sinclair
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Hilary has been working in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) for over 25 years.  A qualified teacher and assistant head at Oakleigh School in Barnet, Hilary leads Barnet’s Pre-school Inclusion Team.  This specialist team advises and supports the inclusion of early years children with SEND in Barnet’s private, voluntary and independent early years settings, in child-minding settings and children’s centres.


Hilary can support schools in the following ways: advise the SENCO and other school staff to help to identify the needs of children with SEND in the early years; offer practical advice regarding specific early years children; support school staff to offer a comprehensive targeted package to each identified early years child with SEND; support the completion of an inclusion audit in the early years; deliver bespoke training to the school SENCO, early years and SEND staff about inclusion and SEND issues in line with recent legislation; offer support and advice to develop an inclusive learning environment in the early years.

Hilary Solomon

Sharon Plummeridge has been a Head Teacher and Deputy Head with more than 29 years teaching experience. Sharon is a very experienced Inclusion lead, NQT induction tutor and mentor. Sharon has also led on ‘School Direct’ across three local authorities. Sharon can offer support and expertise in SEND; organisation & priorities; use of teaching assistants; writing successful EHCP assessments. Sharon can support NQTS, student teachers and new Deputy Head Teachers. She also has considerable experience in training mentors for each of these roles.

Sharon Plummeridge
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Malcolm is a highly motivated and successful educational consultant, trainer, and coach with a strong track record of leading and transforming schools.


He is a Lead Ofsted Inspector with the Qualification for School Inspectors gained through Middlesex University and Tribal in July 2015. He has worked for both Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE), as an Ofsted Inspector and an Educational Adviser respectively, since 2015. He is a Consultant School Improvement Partner for Haringey Education Partnership and also for a number of other authorities and multi academy trusts across the country.  Malcolm therefore has considerable experience of working directly with schools and supporting them in the raising of standards. During a long career in education, he has nearly twenty years of experience as a headteacher of three different schools, two of which were in particularly challenging circumstances.  He is an EMCC Accredited Coach.  Malcolm is also a self-employed school leader, adviser and consultant and the managing director of LeadingSchs2Success Ltd., an educational consultancy company. He is passionate about education and its ability to enable children to achieve beyond their dreams.


Malcolm offers a wide range of services for schools including headteacher, senior and middle leadership development, subject area audits, whole school reviews, SEND reviews, reading development and training for governors.

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