A former SEN Head Teacher, with significant leadership experience in LA SEN Support advisory roles and as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane is now Director of SEND Consultancy. A new and innovative support agency for those working in SEND specialising in leading effective review of provision for children and young people with SEND, which commissions co-productively with young people with additional needs to effect improvement at local level.
Jane has a wealth of experience and successful SEND and School Improvement leadership of national and international projects which includes government policy advisory support; strategic review and planning for SEND Support at Local Area level; developing and establishing training and education services for teachers, SENCOs, senior leaders and governors; innovation advice on product and service development; Local Area SEND Peer Challenge review; LA SEND Sufficiency Review, school inspection and more recently providing advisory support for children and young people’s mental health.
Jane has written extensively, is the author of a wide range of professional articles, DfE funded national guidance, Access, Participation & Achievement for Primary & Secondary SENCOs,(2012, 2013), three successful editions of SEND & School Inspection Guidance (2012, 2014, 2015) and SEND Handbook, 2013, 2015. She is currently working on national SEND Improvement Guidance for Local Authorities and schools to be published in the spring.
During her tenure as Chief Executive at nasen, Jane led and made a significant contribution to the national transition of reform for SEND while leading a comprehensive SEN national events programme with nasen to inform educators of change. Jane founded the Autism in Girls Forum whilst at nasen, in 2013, recognising the need for national awareness raising of the overlooked and often invisible population of girls and women who have autism. She commissioned the nasen mini guide Autism in Girls: Flying Under the Radar, 2015.
Jane is Co-founder of SEND Radicals www.sendradicals.org.uk a collective of free-thinking, experienced and motivated leaders who are committed to creating positive change for young people with SEND.
A compelling and charismatic communicator and presenter who cares passionately about raising the quality of special needs provision for all and the ambition of achieving living an ordinary life for all. Jane continues to work with central government and international partners in an advisory capacity supporting the international agenda for SEND.
Jane is married and has three children, her 16 year old son is a young man with Aspergers, learning difficulties and additional mental health needs. She is the older sister of a young lady with severe learning disabilities who lives in supported living in North Oxfordshire. Jane is a Court of Protection Depute. She is a school governor and Trustee and supporter of a range of charitable trusts promoting equity and equality for children and young people with additional needs.