David has visited and worked with over sixty SEN departments since March 2009, working collaboratively with London Challenge and the DfE to support targeted London schools.
He leads a team of experienced SEN practitioners in school-to-school support and a case study of this work was recently featured in the SEN Green Paper 2011, Support and Aspiration: A New Approach to Disability and SEN.
Through his joint role with the National College and the London Leadership Strategy, David has also worked closely with a strategic group of headteachers from PRU and Special schools to extend the London Leadership Strategy’s school-to-school support reach, ensuring that support is available for all schools who need it the most.
David is a firm believer that the most effective way to improve SEN provision lies within schools and between schools rather than through external consultants. He is an advocate for utilising the skills of special school and PRU colleagues to support curriculum development, improve behaviour and raise the attainment of children identified as having SEN in mainstream schools.
David has reviewed Inclusion literature for the Times Educational Supplement and he has delivered training on Inclusion to a variety of audiences including SENJIT, Brunel University and Teach First.
David is a Specialist Leader of Education and is currently senior assistant headteacher at Lampton School in Hounslow. He started his career as a learning support assistant in 1995, later becoming a SENCO, and then an assistant headteacher responsible for SEN and Inclusion. In 2007, his Inclusion department was identified by Ofsted as outstanding and a model of good practice and in 2011 his department was recognised by the Challenge Partnership for its excellent practice.