Bernadette John, Director

I have inside knowledge of hundreds of schools gained during almost a decade working as a reviewer for a leading schools guide. More recently, I headed up its SEN consultancy and editorial divisions from 2015-2019, identifying schools which are doing the best job in their field, and providing advice to thousands of parents.

Prior to this I was involved with several charities, advising and advocating for parents of SEN children, and working with government pathfinder organisations to establish local SEN services.


I also have personal experience – my eldest son has special educational needs following a premature birth. I have agonised over school choices, had to remove him from schools in crisis situations, and fought many battles with the local authority to secure the right school and college places for him.

I have a network of professionals who I can refer you to for additional support, assessments, therapy, and legal advice. 

Contact me for further details.

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Articles by Bernadette John

What to look for in a school for a child with SEN, SEN magazine

Key things to consider when choosing a school for a child with special needs, SEN magazine

Special schools are nothing to be afraid of, SEN magazine

Something isn't quite right ... what to do if your child is having difficulties at school, Absolutely Education

Gender questioning, Absolutely Education

Fussy eating and food avoidance, Chalk & Chat

Siblings and children with SEN, Chalk & Chat

Bernadette John

SEN Education Consultant

Tel: (+44) 07941 930789