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Manchester - 11 November 2020
London -  24 November 2020




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!

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Nicola is an international educational consultant, author and teacher. With more than two decades of experience in education, Nicola has a reputation for successfully managing the most challenging students and motivating staff to help implement change. Currently, Nicola works closely with schools and parents and often speaks at conferences on behaviour change, engaging families, mindset and resilience. When working with education staff and students she receives comments on how motivated and inspired they feel following her sessions which gives them the confidence to really push their own boundaries for personal achievement. She is also an International Values Education approved trainer and NLP Master Practitioner and the author of more than 10 educational books and countless articles. 


Barry is the UK’s first professor in mental health in education. Awarded both OBE and CBE for his services to children with special needs, Barry has held the leadership positions of headteacher, principal, academic director, chief executive, and director of the centre for special education at Westminster College, Oxford.  Barry oversaw the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities' (complexneeds.org.uk).Barry lectures nationally and internationally and is the author of more than 150 articles and multiple texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. For the Mental Health Foundation, he chaired the national inquiry into the mental health of young people with learning disabilities. He chaired the national forum on girls and autism, which led to the publication last yearof hiscritically-acclaimed, co-authored book on this subject. At the start of the global pandemic, Barry became very concerned about the impact of the crisis on the mental health of children. With his son, Matthew (Principal of Baxter College, Worcestershire), he wrote the 'Recovery Curriculum Think Piece'.