Anita Devi, SEND Consultant
As a former SENCO, Senior Leader, School Improvement Advisor and local authority SEND Advisory Teacher and Healthwatch Trustee Anita Devi carries a wealth of experience in developing leaders of learning. Her own teaching career spans early years to post grad in the UK and overseas and Anita lives her why through her belief in the joy of learning. In 2017, Anita was awarded the prestigious international Influential Educational Leaders Award for her SEND Pipeline strategy developing professional from initial teacher training to advanced and experienced SENCOs. Currently a PT PhD student, Changemaker Education Consultant & Founding Director of #TeamADL, Finalists 2019 for The Disability Awards.
Ruth Bright, Founder and Lead SEN Advocate, Bright Futures Consultancy
Bright Futures is a small team of highly experienced SEN consultants, that help parents and professionals to navigate the complex legal system of Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPS). We advise on the whole process, including the creation of a good EHCP, to delivery of the content.
Sam Garner, Director, Garner Education Services
Sam is a renowned speaker, trainer and author on Mental Health and SEN. She has been a SENCo in a large Secondary School and is a qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, and a Child and Adolescent Counsellor. Sam also set up a company providing mental health CBT programmes for schools. She is in high demand to speak at conferences, events and provides in-house training for schools and companies, nationally and internationally. She is lauded for her humour and ‘telling it like it is’ approach to mental health. Sam has had her book entitled ‘Mental Health in Education’ published by Routledge, and regularly writes for
several publications with more books in the pipeline for publication. In her spare time, she is a diva singer performing around South Devon!
Simon Knight, Joint Headteacher, Frank Wise School
Simon is Joint Headteacher at Frank Wise school, a school for children aged between 2 and 19 with severe or profound and multiple learning disabilities. He is also a National SEND Leader for Whole School SEND, a consortium committed to enhancing the quality of education for learners with special educational needs and / or disabilities
Natalie Packer, Education Consultant
Natalie is an Independent Education Consultant, specialising in SEND and school improvement. She develops and delivers a wide range of training and support to schools and multi-academy trusts. She is also a trustee of Learn-AT multi-academy trust in the East Midlands and supports the Whole School SEND review process. Natalie is the author of The Perfect SENCO and The Teacher’s Guide to SEN.