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Jarlath O’Brien

Jarlath O’Brien has been a teacher for nearly two decades, working in comprehensive, independent, selective and special education – including in schools for children with social, emotional and behavioural issues and severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. For the last eight years Jarlath has been a head teacher and executive head teacher.

Jarlath is also a behaviour columnist for TES, has written for The Guardian and for several other education publications and trains teachers on behaviour, school leadership and special educational needs.

Click here to listen in on Jarlath’s podcast with Pivotal Education - ‘How to be a great leader in a special school’.
Click here to read Jarlath’s article in the Guardian in which he discusses how children with special needs are grossly over-represented in exclusion figures.

Click here to listen to Jarlath on Surrey Hills Community Radio’s ‘The SEND Show’.

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Publications by Jarlath O’Brien

Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow

In Don’t Send Him in Tomorrow, Jarlath O’Brien shines a…

The Working Class

In The Working Class: Poverty, education and alternative voices,…

Author Blog

Adaptation instead of control

August 05 2019

For a long time I have thought of negative behaviour as the indicator of an unmet need. It is a view that many disagree with and I often have very interesting discussions with parents, fellow teachers and psychologists about it. ‘Negative’ is obviously in the eye of the beholder – behaviour that I perceive as negative in a […]

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We should go further than Timpson

June 12 2019

I’ve been thinking a lot about the recently published Timpson Review of School Exclusion and its implications for two groups of people – governors/trustees (who have significant responsibilities when it comes to exclusions in schools) and the groups of children who are grossly over-represented in the statistics every year for children excluded from school for […]

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