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Edward Pitcher

Edward has developed e-learning strategies for the Further Education Sector and Swiss Cottage School for the past 7 years. He has created solutions and delivered support, enhancing opportunities for managers, teachers, pupils and parents to use technology to deliver outstanding teaching and learning.

Edward is the lead at Swiss Cottage School for technology and digital learning projects for pupils and staff. He also manages e-safety awareness. He leads on the expanding use of mobile technology at the school ensuring that the implementation of digital hardware and applications delivers practical teaching and learning solutions for the whole organisation.

Edward works closely with key stakeholders developing new opportunities with a number of businesses like Spacekraft and TTS.

Richard Aird OBE

Richard Aird OBE is one of the UK's most experienced and respected special school head teachers, having managed four schools in the maintained and non-maintained sectors during a headship career spanning three decades. Retiring from headship in 2013 to take up his consultancy role, Richard draws on his experience gained from the many successes of his headship career.

Richard's principle interests lie in the leadership, management and organisation of SEND in all its aspects and on whatever scale. School improvement, workforce development, strategic planning and workshop presentations are all areas of specialist provision in which Richard has a proven track record. Combined with his expertise in special education, Richard's insight into the need for inter-agency and third sector collaboration is something which local authorities will undoubtedly find of value. Richard's enthusiastic, inspiring and successful approach to SEND has won him many accolades, not least an OBE awarded by Her Majesty the Queen in recognition of his services to special education.  

Alison Harris

Alison Harris, a Paediatric Occupational Therapist and Director of The Local Therapy Company based in Derby. Alison had a background in the NHS prior to forming her own therapy company. Alison has gained experience in community mental health and team for adults with learning difficulties and paediatrics. Her special interest is working with young children and adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum, using a Sensory Integration approach.

Alison is an Advanced Practitioner in Sensory Integration and passionately believes in the importance of considering everyone's sensory needs in their learning and living environments.

Carol Allen

An Advisory Teacher for North Tyneside LA specialising in ICT and SEN. Carol has taught in, and had senior management responsibility in mainstream secondary and special schools. Carol's current post allows her to work both within schools and in business partnerships with companies who develop inclusive products and services.

Carol is passionate about researching, developing, exemplifying and sharing inclusive practice in order to support the improved opportunities and provision for children and families.

Sian Harrison

From a background in care and respite for children with severe learning difficulties, Sian became a special need teacher in 1999. She gained a Masters Degree in Special Needs and Inclusion in 2012.

Sian has practical hands-on experience in designing and programming interactive sensory environments using Show Magic software. Importantly, Sian's expertise extends to imbedding and incorporating the curriculum as an integral part of the student's learning experience.

As a co-ordinating teacher at The Bridge School in Telford, her role included responsibility for the design and operation of learning environments in five separate white rooms. Employed since 2010 as Complex Needs co-ordinator in Southall School in Telford, Sian is currently enjoying the challenge of applying the software to create relaxing environments for pupils with behaviour difficulties.