SEND Working Party Members



 NASBTT Trustee and Press Officer; SEND Working Party Co-ordinator
Lizana was the Director of The Buckingham Partnership (2013-2016) and PGCE Lead for Behaviour, Assessment and SEND. She was also a tutor at the University of Buckingham and Lecturer for English, Psychology and SEND.  She oversaw a wide range of online learning courses on Assessment for Learning; Teaching and Learning; How Children Learn; Inclusion and SEND; and Coaching and Mentoring.  Other roles have included membership of the Steering Group for the Oxon-Bucks Partnership (2004–2015); MA Tutor for Anglia Ruskin; Bedford University PQAT; LEA OTT Advisor; Northampton University Management Group; and TDA EPD Lead for The Buckingham Partnership.  She was also a group member of the ITT Initiatives for Schools in Socio/Economic Difficulties project.

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 NASBTT SEND Working Party Consultant
Anita’s specialism is SEND; Inclusion; overcoming the barriers that prevent learners experiencing the joy of learning.  With a background in school leadership, local authority change management, research and national policy development, Anita has been a consultant for 8 years! She is also a part-time PhD student exploring sustainable intra-generational social mobility … well that’s her plan! In 2017 she was awarded an Influential Educational Leaders Award by Inspiring School Leaders organisation.  For her, learning is about growth; it is about change.  So, in effect, as a teacher, first and foremost, Anita is a #ChangeMaker.  Professionally, she has had the honour of working across the sector from early years to post graduate level – enabling other agents of change (in the UK and overseas) to galvanise their resources (inner and outer) to contribute to systemic change in education.  These agents of change include teachers/lecturers, leaders as well as learners, parents and other individuals/organisations in the community.  She believes together we can create a system that is truly fit for purpose, so it excels all children and young people beyond their dreams, so it fosters hope and transformative dialogues amongst inter-generations and people of all nations.  So, it sparks creativity and innovation.  Her why?  She believes in the JOY of learning.



 Director of ITT, The Pilgrim Partnership

Following a successful Ofsted in 2015, Su was asked by the HMI leading the inspection to present at the regional Ofsted conference. The focus of the presentation was how the developing partnership with an outstanding Special Educational Needs school could intensify the knowledge and understanding of the trainees working with pupils with SEND.  Prior to this, Su was always keen to support pupils looking at effective teaching, learning and pedagogy.  From this interest, Su has been keen to continue her learning journey and working for NASBTT has given her the opportunity to share her expertise more widely.



 NASBTT Trustee; Director, Outset Teacher Education (
Neil was formerly manager of the Oxon-Bucks Partnership SCITT for 12 years, prior to which he taught history for 24 years. As a SCITT manager, he recommended more than 800 people for Qualified Teacher Status.  He has a Master of Arts in Education and expertise in e-portfolio design.  Neil has been a member of the national executive body of NASBTT for the last four years.

 Jane Coleman


Programme Director for School Direct,  TES Institute
Jane leads the School Direct Partnerships, working with 7 partnerships in schools in Essex, Kent, Cheshire and Suffolk. She was a Deputy Head teacher for 20 years, working in good and outstanding schools in Essex, where one of her responsibilities was leading school-based initial teacher training.  Here, she worked in partnership with Hibernia College, HCUK, among other providers, and forged a strong relationship with the blended learning provision, contributing to the writing and development of training.  In her role as Deputy Head in a school in challenging socio-economic circumstances with a high proportion of pupils with special educational needs, Jane led the professional development team which received a National Training Award for the development of school-based training.  As a Senior Leader, Jane delivered the Outstanding and Improving Teacher Programmes for her partnership of schools, sharing her passion for teaching and learning. Jane gained NPQH in 2004.

Rachel Coulson


 Head of ITT, Two Mile Ash Initial Teacher Training Partnership
Rachel is involved in developing and facilitating the programmes offered by the Milton Keynes Teaching Schools Alliance, including ITT, the NQT programme, OTP and ITP. Rachel has taught across both Key Stages 1 and 2 in a variety of schools in Buckinghamshire over the last seven years, where she gained a wealth of experience which she is now able to use in a very different way as part of her role in ITT provision.  She has experience of co-ordinating a variety of subjects and areas including PE, Science, Literacy and SEN.  Rachel was the EYFS and KS1 leader for a number of years, before being promoted to Deputy Head of a school in Aylesbury.  She loves teaching – no matter what form it takes – and thinks working with children is the best job in the world.  She is passionate about making learning engaging and fun for both adults and children.



NASBTT Trustee; Executive Lead, Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT;
Alys has worked in ITT since 2010. As a Senior Lecturer (Teach First) for Canterbury Christ Church University her leadership roles included Teach First London Programme Lead (Primary and Secondary) and Teach First National Curriculum and Assessment Lead – English.  Since January 2016, she has been Executive Lead of the Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT.  Prior to this, she held middle and senior leadership roles in schools, including responsibility for whole-school teaching and learning, ITT and CPD/Appraisal.  Alys is an English and Drama specialist, whose other areas of expertise include behaviour; ‘teacher persona’ and vocal work for teachers, challenging learners and Key Stage 5.

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Executive Director for Learning, TES Institute

Paula designs and creates the blended learning content for Initial Teacher Training, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), SKE, PGCE and iPGCE for the TES Institute, the education division of TES Global.  Previously, she held a number of senior roles within ITT at HCUK from 2012, including Director of ITT programmes for secondary shortage subjects, School Direct and primary. Before this, Paula worked for 12 years in an advisory capacity for Essex Local Authority in roles including Senior Adviser for ITT, including responsibility for the Graduate Teacher Programme – secondary and primary, Essex Primary SCITT Manager and Essex Primary Science Adviser.  She also has experience as a School Development Adviser (SDA) for primary in Essex, as an Ofsted Inspector for schools and ITT, as an External Moderator for two partnerships and as Chair of the Eastern Region ITT group (attending NAG at the then TDA, now called ITTAG).  She has held senior roles in primary education in Science, ICT and management and holds a Master’s degree in School Improvement from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Education degree in Biology and Geography.



  NASBTT Trustee; formerly Director of the Cambridge Partnership SCITT
Whilst not claiming to be a SEND expert, David has been a practitioner for 46 years, both as a teacher and a trainer. During his years as a teacher, he worked with the SENCO both as a teacher and as a line manager.  He managed OakBank Residential Special School in Leighton Buzzard and the Manor Road Pupil Referral Unit in Milton Keynes on an interim basis.

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Professor, Sheffield Hallam University; Director, Sheffield Institute of Education

Sam uses her research and practice in the development of teacher expertise and curriculum design to develop school embedded approaches to teacher development. Sam has been heavily involved in influencing government policy on teacher education and was recently a member of the advisory panel for the Department for Education Carter Review of ITT and a member of the DfE Expert Behaviour Management Panel chaired by Tom Bennett.  She is now working on ITE and NQT/RQT follow up to this regionally and with the DfE.