Judy will become the president of NAHT from May 2019, after serving as Vice President for the past year.
Judy graduated in English and Linguistics at Lancaster University then completed her PGCE in Primary Education at St. Martin’s College, Lancaster. She began teaching in 1988. She has taught throughout the primary age range specialising in Literacy and Early Years. Judy has been headteacher of an Infant and Nursery School in West Yorkshire since 2005. She joined NAHT at the same time! She was elected to NAHT’s National Executive in 2013 representing Yorkshire. In 2016 Judy became the first Chair of the newly formed NAHT Early Years Sector Council. The Council aims to raise the profile of Early Years Education and it’s work steers and informs NAHT’s policy on early years education.
SEN and Disability Professional Advisor
Since April 2010, André has worked as the DfE SEN and Disability Professional Advisor, contributing to a range of policy developments, in particular the Children and Families Act. André has been a teacher and educational psychologist and held a number of practitioner and leadership roles in local authorities. He was a regional director in the National SEN Adviser team, and was an adviser to the Lamb Inquiry into parental confidence.
Anne Longfield OBE
Children's Commissioner for England
The Children's Commissioner's Office
Anne Longfield OBE is the Children’s Commissioner for England. She speaks up for children and young people so that policymakers and the people who have an impact on their lives take their views and interests into account when making decisions about them.
She has a legal duty to promote and protect the rights of all children in England with a particular focus on children and young people who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services.
The Autism Education Trust (AET)
A positive educational experience-
The Autism Education Trust (AET) helps autistic children and young people have equal opportunities and a positive educational experience that empowers them to achieve their ambitions. The AET programme offers face-to-face training courses and a wealth of free, practical resources for practitioners and those working in mainstream and specialist Early Years, Schools and Post 16 settings. The training courses are delivered by local trainers with experience in the field of autism education and understanding of the local context.
As the number of children receiving an autism diagnosis is rising, demand for the AET programme has been increasing. It is now the largest national autism training programme in England for education-based staff, having to date provided professional development to over 240,000 Early Years, School and Post-16 staff, including senior leadership. The AET programme can play a key role in helping your setting support autistic pupils, meet your wider responsibilities and will form an essential part of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
Leading the way in autism education-
AET’s 360° holistic approach offers a unique, evidence-based autism education programme supported by the Department for Education and developed by leading autism education specialists, including researchers, autistic people, parents of pupils on the autism spectrum, trainers and practitioners.
The programme includes:
•modular, face-to-face training courses
•good practice standards against which schools can audit their practice and plan improvement
•competency framework for practitioners to self-assess their practice and to plan CPD
•a range of free practical resources.
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