Personal profile


Bev is a Senior Lecturer in SEND and SEMH. She is a qualified teacher and Youth Worker and has worked in school leadership for 20 years with a focus on whole school inclusion issues. This included developing a specialist centre for children with SEMH issues funded by the DFE as an innovation project. This work included preparing extensive funding bids and working with various Universities on impact studies linked to the ground breaking methods being developed. This included work funded by the Arts Council and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in developing practice in the arts for children and young people with SEMH needs.

 Bev has also worked intensively with displaced children who have experienced significant trauma due to war; collaborating with national charities to support and develop provision in schools to meet their mental health needs.

 Bev was also funded by the Home Office to develop a range of intervention projects which targeted at risk young people and involved intensive research of the effectiveness of these which fed into national strategy implementation. She delivered at national conferences and provided consultancy to a range of statutory organisations including the police and health promotion services in the NHS linked to this work.

She is now a director of a multi-academy trust which consists of a high school and two primary schools.  She has provided consultancy to schools on evaluating the effectiveness of SEND provision and in developing evidenced based interventions. She also has extensive experience of safeguarding in education including leading and training on this area in schools. She has worked for Social Services in Children's Homes and also completed bespoke contracts linked to complex child protection case work.

She developed and is the programme leader for the National Award in SEN Co-ordination at Leeds Trinity University.This work has included developing personalised training for several local authorities linked to SENCo CPD.

She is the module leader for a range of SEND courses across a number of programmes including Early Years Studies, Professional Practice Degree, Foundation Degree and undergraduate primary education. She is also a MA in education dissertation supervisor.

She is a member of NASEN and also the national SEND research forum. She is also a member of the Institute management  board in her school at the University. She was a member of the University group which evaluated the provision in for Mental Health  for students at LTU and advocated for developing and extending the present services to students. She is at present developing a MA Mental Health in Children and Young People due to her previous experiences in practice based settings.



Education/Academic qualification

Postgraduate Certificate, Youth Work , Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 14 Jul 1994

Bachelor of Education, 1st Class Physical Education with Science Outdoor Education Professional Studies Qualified teacher status, Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 18 Jul 1991

HNC, Clinical Biochemistry , Leeds Beckett University

Award Date: 22 Jul 1987

PGCE, Higher Education

14 Jan 201818 Jul 2019

Doctor of Philosophy, UCL Institute of Education

5 Aug 1992 → …

External positions

Director MAT

6 Jan 2018 → …

REF 2029 UOA

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