Prof. Barry Carpenter inspires staff & governors

31st October 2016
All the staff and some governors were left feeling energised and inspired following an excellent teacher training day delivered by Professor Barry Carpenter. The training focused on:
  • how SEND has changed over the recent past;
  • the greater complexity of needs we are coming across;  
  • the effects of premature birth;  
  • Mental Heath and SEND;
  • Foetal Alcohol Syndrome and girls with Autism;
  • how inquiry is the basis for developing our practice.
  • how we continue to adapt the traditional teaching and curriculum based on 20th Century Special Educational Needs for these 21st century pupils with complex needs.
The training confirmed the practice at Slated Row is of a high standard as well as many questions which has arisen from the training for which the staff are already seeking answers and many others are part of the School Improvement Plan 2016/17. Inquiry groups have been set up and the inquiry projects will be facilitated by one of Barry's colleagues, Jo Egerton, a Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and author in the area of inquiry.
Barry Carpenter - Biographical Profile

Barry is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal,, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford.

In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’.

He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics .In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In 2015 he co authored a book on Children with Complex Needs.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally,. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation he Chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls on the Autism Spectrum, which will be the focus of his next book.

Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his work in the international field of Special Educational Needs. He was created OBE in 2001 for services to children with Special Needs.

Barry has 3 children – one a Vice Principal , one a Senior Occupational Therapist , and a daughter with Down’s syndrome , who now has a home of her own and is a qualified Waitress.