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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, identifying schools which are doing the best job in their field. I headed up its SEN consultancy and editorial divisions for four years, before setting up Schools Advice Service in 2019.

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.

"I am so grateful we came across Bernadette, not only for her expert knowledge of the SEN sector and thorough approach in evaluating settings, but for how she partners with parents all round to make sure they get the best possible outcome. Her understanding of our world is vast and she is always on hand to advise and support with true empathy when it comes to the challenges. I cannot speak highly enough of the support and service she offers."    HB

Media commentary


I provide commentary on all education issues to news outlets. I have appeared on all major TV news programmes, as well as the Today programme and other national and regional radio shows, and I have provided interviews and quotes for all national newspapers.

Bernadette John ITN Lunchtime News Mar 1

Articles by Bernadette John

How do you know if your child needs to attend a school for special educational needs, The Week 


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

Which schools are best for ADHD? 

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

Gender questioning, Absolutely Education

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