Alison worked for many years as a primary teacher before taking up a post with Birmingham Local Authority as an advisory teacher for SEN, working with schools and settings to develop their provision for children and young people with SEN in general, and those with learning and cognition difficulties in particular.
Alison joined nasen in November 2014 as their Education Development Officer (EDO) and will contribute to the strategic direction of the Association; working to make the vision of securing the best possible outcomes for children and young people a reality. The role includes being responsible for production of educational materials, resources and training, connecting with members and other education colleagues at events and within seminars, providing professional advice and guidance, as well as working directly with schools where possible.
Michael's background is in primary education both in the UK and abroad. He has worked as a class teacher, SENCo and Deputy Head. Since beginning his career in education he has had a keen interest in SEN, ICT and equalities issues.
From 2008 Michael worked for a Local Authority as part of the leadership team of a SEND advisory service which gave him the opportunity to broaden his experience in to Early Years and Secondary. This role involved working with schools and settings to help them develop their provision for children and young people with SEN in general, and those with learning and cognition difficulties in particular.
One of the projects that Michael led was the development of a pathway for the identification of dyslexia which is now used by schools across Birmingham.
He is looking forward to using his experience and expertise to help nasen continue and develop its support for members and the promotion of the SEND agenda. It is his hope that we will work together in continuing towards the goal of a better deal for our children and young people with SEND
Alex has worked as a SENCO in a primary school, for the Dyslexia teaching service and in a Language Unit in Manchester, supported Looked After Children in schools, run a Dyslexia Centre for the Learning Support Team in Staffordshire, and been Reading Recovery Teacher Leader for Staffordshire. For the last four years, she has worked for a special school federation, mainly offering outreach support to mainstream schools. These experiences have given Alex a very clear understanding of both the needs of pupils with a range of SEND and also the challenges that providing the right support can bring to both mainstream and special school staff. She believes that providing high-quality staff development and training is the most effective way of enabling all staff to meet the needs of all their learners.