The Team

The Pack is designed and managed by consultants at Inclusion Expert, an education consultancy that works with schools and educational organisations on SEN and a variety of other Inclusion groups. The Pack’s resources draw on the authors’ wealth of experience of working in and with actual schools throughout their careers. They represent the best of consultancy without you having to splash out on a consultant.

Produced by Daniel Sobel MA Ed (Psych) FRSA, CEO and Founder, Inclusion Expert

Daniel SobelDaniel Sobel is the CEO and founder of Inclusion Expert, a consultancy which offers bespoke training and support to professionals working in educational Inclusion. With a background in Educational Psychology and Psychotherapy, and as a former Assistant Headteacher, he has experience from a broad spectrum of in-school and consultancy work.

Through his consulting work he has gained a reputation for the impact and quality of his work and systems, and has become known as a pioneer in creating whole-school systems and practices for monitoring individual pupils, cohorts and whole-school results. He has consulted with the Department of Education, the Institute of Education and the Cass School of Education at the University of East London. In 2012 Daniel was highly commended at the Educational Business Awards for his outstanding insights and strategic thinking in Education. He is a featured columnist for The Guardian, and has written for the Times Educational Supplement and Optimus Education. He regularly speaks on Social Behavioural issues and Inclusion matters at national conferences.



Professor Steve Higgins, University of Durham, BA (Oxon), PGCE, PhD

Steve HigginsSteve Higgins is a Professor in the School of Education at Durham University. He moved to the faculty in 2006 from Newcastle University, where he was the founding Director of the Research Centre for Learning and Teaching. Before working in higher education he taught in primary schools in the North East where his interest in children’s thinking and learning developed.

His research interests include the areas of effective use of ICT and digital technologies for learning in schools, understanding how children’s thinking and reasoning develops, and how teachers can be supported in developing the quality of teaching and learning in their classrooms. His recent projects have included being a member of the TLRP/TEL-funded SynergyNet research team, investigating the use of multi-touch tables in classroom learning.

He is one of the authors of the Sutton Trust/EEF Teaching and Learning Toolkit and has given more than thirty keynote presentations and talks on using research evidence to support more effective spending in schools to policy and practitioner audiences based on this work. He has an interest in developing understanding of effective use of research evidence for policy and practice.

Steve has spoken together with Inclusion Expert CEO Daniel Sobel at conferences and co-authored articles with him. They have led together on matters relating to the Pupil Premium.



Gary Kirkley, Consultant and Moderator, Inclusion Expert

Gary KirkleyGary has worked as a teacher of mathematics, music and MFL in secondary schools; a tutor in a sixth form college, responsible for art and design technology; a head teacher in a special school for primary and secondary age pupils; a quality manager and key skills coordinator for construction in an FE College; and team leader for university teacher training in SEN and mathematics.

Gary also works as a researcher of good practice for publication, most recently on an SEN manual and on guides to KS4 Alternative Provision and E-Assessment.

Gary trained as an inspector in 2000 across all phases and has full Home Office clearance for secure establishments and police forces, where he delivers staff training on learning difficulties. He has undertaken over 10,000 lesson observations and is currently work part-time as an inspector. He also works as a reviewer for Ofqual.

Gary is a senior consultant with Inclusion Expert (more about Gary’s pre- and post- OFSTED consultancy) and is heavily involved in managing the ie Awards of Excellence.



Wendy Knott, SEN Specialist Teacher

Wendy-Knott Wendy Knott has been an SEN Specialist Teacher for over 20 years, working with both Boroughs and individual schools. She supports students with the expert advice she offers to teachers, parents, SENCOs and TAs, and a range of outside agencies.

Wendy is a leading expert on differentiation, developing effective classroom based intervention and developing both teacher and TA practice. She has lectured, written and consulted for London schools as an Inclusion Expert, has spoken at National Conferences and runs regular workshops for schools.

Wendy is an author of numerous articles in both the Times Education Supplement and The Guardian, and is a speaker, consultant and author for Inclusion Expert.



Elizabeth Stanley, Director of the Wraparound Partnership

Wendy-Knott Elizabeth has worked with, taught and provided support packages for children and young people with additional needs and families for eighteen years. She has developed a range of expertise across numerous areas of SEN support and educational inclusion. She has worked alongside a variety of professionals involved in providing support for children and their families, including Educational Psychologists, Consultants, Dieticians, Mental Health professionals, Youth Offending Teams and Safeguarding Teams.

Elizabeth is the director of Wraparound Partnership, which provides independent support and key-working to all families of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The organisation currently works with in-control and, but is independent and not for profit organisation. It was born out of personal and professional experience of working and living within the world of special needs and disabilities.



Kenny Wheeler – SEN, Inclusion & Leadership ConsultantKenny-Wheeler

Kenny has led SEN and Inclusion departments to Outstanding whilst in senior leadership roles, and has became the lead practitioner for SEN in Bromley and a consultant for Surrey. He is a qualified facilitator for NCTL Middle Leadership Development Programme and subject expert for NPQML and NPQSL.

Kenny is experienced in delivering school-to-school support through National Teaching Schools, to raise leadership capability and improve provision for SEN pupils.

Kenny is a speaker, consultant and author for Inclusion Expert.



Andrea Wershof, Psychotherapist

Andrea WershofAndrea Wershof has been a psychotherapist for nearly 20 years and is the mother of a child with special needs. In 2010 she founded The Parent Voice (, which supports and trains parents and professionals to collaborate, communicate and raise achievement.

She regularly speaks about what it’s like to be a parent of a child with special needs, collaborating with many organisations including Afasic, Cambian Education, City University, the University of York, Aston Business School, as well as the Palace of Westminster and many local authority agencies such as social work teams, parent forums, childminder training, childrens’ centres and schools.

In 2010 she was involved with the revision of the UK Government’s National Strategies SEN programme and has advised clinical and educational psychologists on the needs of parents of children with SEN. Her published articles include contributions to the “Special Children” magazine for SEN professionals and a chapter in Professors S Roulstone and S McLeod’s book “Listening to children and young people with speech, language and communication needs” (J&R Press 2011).



Susan Osborne, Marketing and PR, Inclusion Expert

Susan OsborneSusan Osborne has an extensive career in newspaper, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, policy, public affairs and communications management at the most senior levels. She has won four PR Week Awards and three Third Sector Campaigning Awards, including the national Award of Excellence, was runner-up in the NHS Inspirational Leader Award 2011, and is winner of last year’s prestigious Ashden Award for devising and developing Britain’s Greenest Hospital initiative. She has over 20 years of public sector experience, with expertise in managing strategy, teams, budgets and campaigns, and is skilled in working with trustees, media and other stakeholders including national and local politicians and opinion-formers.

She has worked with UK universities to promote world-class research; devised communication strategies for NHS Trusts; planned and implemented national public awareness campaigns for the Departments of Health and for the Department of Education where she was communications adviser for schools and also Head of Communications Strategy and Insight; she has also worked with organisers of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and on the preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was instrumental in the successful merger of the two largest UK cancer research charities.

She is a graduate of City University, London with an MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management and Marketing.



Phil Bailey

Phil BailyPhil Bailey holds an MA in special and inclusive education and is an experienced SEN practitioner for the primary sector. He works frequently with Local Authority colleagues and stakeholders on SEN provision. He is an Inclusion Expert for the Midlands.



Sarah Kennedy BA Hons, PGCert SENCo, S.A.C.Dip

Sarah KennedySarah is a lead teacher, SENCO, and outstanding Inclusion Manager based in a large primary school in a deprived area. With a background as both a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and in Leadership and Management, she has led and trained schools in Emotional Health and Wellbeing as well as Gifted and Talented, Risk Assessment and Care Planning. Sarah is a respected speaker at CPD events and conferences, and is a busy consultant. Sarah represents Inclusion Expert in the Midlands.


Angela Podmore

Angela Podmore has had extensive experience in education across both Primary and Secondary School phases.

Angela has worked  in SEN for 20 years both as a Specialist SEN teacher and SENCo working with pupils with a wide variety of needs. She has delivered training for classroom teachers to improve their knowledge of SEN and developed TA practice to ensure they promote the needs of pupils with SEN.

Angela is also a trainer for the Rainbows programme which aims to support young people suffering any form of loss in their lives.


Amos Wittenberg, Project Manager and Editor

Mossy works for Inclusion Expert as a freelance project developer, researcher and editor. His experience is drawn from work with a number of organisations including the Society of Authors, the Cambridge Globalist and Chia Creatives.