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, monitoring schools to identify those doing the best job in their field, and providing advice to thousands of parents.
Prior to this I worked in the SEN world for 15 years, 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. If you need to arrange assessments or therapy, or require legal advice to get the right support or school place for your child, contact me and I can direct you to suitable educational psychologists, paediatricians, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and specialist lawyers.
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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