Jacinta Barnard is an independent education consultant with 36 years teaching experience, including 28 years specialising in the education of vulnerable children across all Key Stages. This has involved working with challenging behaviour, Special Education Needs/Disability (SEND) and Mental Health Difficulties.
She was the first Manager of a Key Stage 3 Pupil Referral Unit for Leicestershire County Council and subsequently managed the county's Behaviour Support Service. She was responsible for the introduction and management of Leicestershire's highly successful Behaviour Partnerships, which were recognised by the House of Commons Select Education Committee (Nov 2010). In 2016, Jacinta was invited to join the Government's Behaviour Expert Group, chaired by Tom Bennett, who wrote the DfE publication: Developing behaviour management content for initial teacher training July 2016.
Jacinta has a Postgraduate SEN qualification and is a former SENCO with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy experience. She provides training and coaching to staff and support for children and families with diverse needs including Autism, ADHD, Attachment Disorder, Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties, Promoting Positive Mental Health and Managing emotional outbursts. She is an experienced SEN witness for Independent Review Panels for permanent exclusion from school. She also has experience as a former Court Officer for the prosecution of non-school attendance.
Adrienne Wright is an experienced Headteacher who has worked in both maintained and independent sectors. She has an MA in Complex needs and Autism.
Adrienne possesses over 30 years experience in Special Education in London. She has worked with pupils aged between 3 - 19 in special schools and has also worked in Outreach Support to mainstream primary and secondary schools.
In 2000, Adrienne set up and established one of the first specialist Autism provisions in a mainstream secondary school in North East London. Her work was commended in the House of Commons as an example of best inclusive practice.
Adrienne currently works as Head of a large maintained primary special school with an attached Outreach Service and Satellite classes in local host primary schools.
Mike Robinson has a wealth of experience in the special educational needs sector. He is currently Chief Executive of the third largest autism charity in the country, whose main areas of activity include a residential school and young adult homes for young people severely affected by autism and other complex needs.
Prior to this, Mike was the Managing Director of a group of 15 special schools across the country. Mike also brings a wealth of broader business and marketing experience from his earlier career in UK and overseas in sectors as diverse as Food, Wine, Retailing and International Schools.
Marina Gough is recognised as a leading expert in autism and associated conditions and runs a group of specialist schools and residential children’s homes in the East of England. Her commitment, motivation and dedication has gained her an enviable reputation of success for vulnerable children with profound difficulties.
Charles Tosen has extensive experience working in special schools for children with SEN and is currently deputy director at a group of schools and children’s homes in the East Midlands for children and young people with severe and profound autism.
Gemma Saggers co-founded Spectrum Courses. She is passionate about working towards better standards for children and young people with Special Educational and/or Additional Needs, having spent time observing communication and education and transport at an Ofsted Outstanding primary school in Greater Manchester.
Gemma works as a Psychotherapist, studying an MSc in Person Centred and Experiential Psychotherapy at the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute in Nottingham.
She is a BSc graduate in Sociology from the University of Bath. As a graduate on the management programme at the iconic London store Harrods she led her team to a prestigious industry award for excellence.
Jennie Lucas is an experienced Transport Specialist and has worked as an independent SEN Transport Advisor to numerous local authorities across England, as well as undertaken full reviews of SEN and other transport contracts.
She has also managed transport services in a Pupil Referral Unit in the south of England and has personal experience of working with Vulnerable Adults and their transport needs. Jennie has vast experience with numerous transport providers, local authorities, the NHS and many other professional organisations across the UK. Her common sense approach and vast knowledge offer a unique insight into best practice.