David Bartram OBE
A teaching assistant, history teacher and senior leader, David has led special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision in London schools for over 15 years. He has worked closely with the Department for Education to develop SEND policy and was an expert advisor to the Timpson Review on school exclusions. David has worked directly with over four hundred school leadership teams across the UK to improve their provision for disadvantaged children.
David was Director for SEND at the London Leadership Strategy, advisor to the Mayor of London's education team and currently provides support to a range of teaching school alliances and local authorities on the strategic development of SEND provision.
David is author of the SEND Review Guide, a national peer-review framework that has now been downloaded by over 5000 schools. He is also editor of Great Expectations, leading an effective SEND strategy in school, published by John Catt Educational.
David has sat on a number of SEND consultations at the DfE and gave oral evidence at the Public Bill Committee on the Children and Families Bill. He has also spoken at a number of SEND conferences including The Academies Show, NASEN, TES SEN Show and international conferences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, India, South Africa, Poland and Ethiopia.
David is also a trustee of the KPMG Foundation, which seeks to bring about systemic change in business and society and unlock the potential of the most disadvantaged children in the UK. David was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in the 2016 New Year's Honours list.
Emily has worked in education for 23 years, having taught in a mixture of mainstream primary and special secondary schools in various locations and roles, from teacher through to senior leader. She strongly believes that all children deserve the best possible chance to succeed in life and is passionate about supporting teachers and leaders in making this happen.
For the latter half of Emily’s career, she has focused on working with learners with Special Educational Needs. Initially as an Assistant Headteacher within a special secondary school and then for the last 3 years as the Director of a Teaching School specialising in SEND.
Within these roles Emily has held responsibilities across a broad spectrum of activities, from curriculum development to the management and development of NQT’s/ITT’s. Her ability to analyse and interpret data lead to a secondment to develop and roll out a “data dashboard” for use across a multi-academy trust, bringing together all facets of school life into an easily understood summary.
Emily now runs LEARN, a Teaching School in Lincolnshire that specialises in SEND. Actively involved with the Local Authority and the Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together (LTT), Emily supports the alignment of the SEND training provision and requirement across the areas active projects to raise the profile of SEND throughout the offer.
Jane Starbuck has worked as a SENCO and primary school Head Teacher and, until recently, was the Strategic Leader for Inclusion of a large partnership of schools. In April 2020 she joined Nottinghamshire County Council as the Education Improvement Adviser (SEND) and is the Deputy Regional Leader for East Midlands, South Yorkshire and Humber for Whole School SEND. Jane has a particular interest in developing a strategy-based approach to SEND provision in schools through establishing effective collaborations between schools in order to develop specialist provision, alternative provision, training and resource sharing. Jane is also a lecturer on the National SENCO Award for Nottingham Trent University.