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Jarlath O’Brien

Jarlath O’Brien works for a multi-academy trust of special schools. Jarlath has worked in comprehensive and selective independent schools and in three different types of special school. He is a vice-chair of the Headteachers’ Roundtable, is the behaviour columnist for the TES and has organised and spoken at the SEND strand at The Telegraph Festival of Education. Jarlath also regularly speaks at conferences and trains teachers both in the UK and abroad on the topics of behaviour, leadership and SEND.

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

The pasteurization of France

March 07 2018

As a profession we’re in the midst of a quiet, but definite evolution in becoming more confident when handling research information, more informed about what research is already out there and more prepared to engage in our own classroom-based action research. This is welcome, but also necessary if we are to regard ourselves as a […]

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I don’t know where you are

March 06 2018

I have worked in special education for twelve years and in that time I have known two sets of parents who have not only never visited the special school their child attended, they didn’t even know where it was. Reflect on how astounding that is for a minute. I shall return to it later, but […]

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