Jean Gross is a national expert on inclusion and frequently acts in an advisory capacity to government. She has been a teacher, an educational psychologist and head of children’s services in a local authority. As Director of the government’s National Strategies she led work on overcoming barriers to achievement, including the influential SEAL approach to developing children’s social and emotional competences. She is the author of books on children’s issues, including Beating Bureaucracy in Special Educational Needs and Time to Talk. She was awarded a CBE in the 2011 New Year’s honours list, for services to education.