Gary joined the EEF on secondment in September 2021. In his Content Specialist role, he aims to support schools to be evidence-informed in their practice for students with SEND. Alongside this, he leads on SEND provision for a Multi Academy Trust in London and Hertfordshire. He is a secondary Drama teacher and former SENDCO and Head of Year.
Gary authors the SENDMatters.co.uk blog and has recently written The Lone SENDCO, a handbook for SENDCOs.
Dr Matt Silver.
Dr Matt Silver is the CEO of Pathways Education, an education group that creates equitable communities that thrive from serving each other and our planet. Pathways runs re-engagement schools, hybrid college/social enterprises supporting learners with additional needs into employment. They also run a Development arm that consults and lectures internationally on a host of topics in leadership and SEND, whilst also coaching with Complete executive group.
Dr Kulvarn Atwal
Dr. Kulvarn Atwal completed his PGCE at the University of East London in 1999 and has worked in 4 East London schools. He began studying for his Masters in Education in his NQT year and has been a passionate advocate of teacher engagement in research. In 2016, Kulvarn completed his Professional Doctorate in Education, and his thesis investigated the factors that impact upon teacher engagement in professional learning activities. His conceptual framework included a model designed for school leaders to implement in schools to maximise teachers' formal and informal learning opportunities.
For the past nine years he has been Head Teacher at Highlands Primary School and is currently also Head Teacher at Uphall Primary School. In 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Highlands was recognised by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as one of the highest performing primary schools in London for pupil progress. He has just published his first book, The Thinking School – Developing a Dynamic Learning Community. He tweets at @thinkingschool2.
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