Bernadette John, Director
I have walked in your shoes. My eldest son has special 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 also juggled his needs alongside those of my two mainstream sons, and found the elusive combination of suitable schools within a manageable school run.
I have worked in the SEN world for more than 20 years, initially in voluntary roles advising and advocating for parents of SEN children, and working with government pathfinder organisations to establish local SEN services. More recently I was head of a leading school guide's SEN consultancy and editorial divisions from 2015-2019. I have visited and reviewed hundreds of SEN and mainstream schools, and provided advice to thousands of parents.
Most clients will work directly with me, but I also have a network of professionals who I can refer you on to if their experience will be more appropriate for your needs.
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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