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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…

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The pasteurization of France

November 29 2017

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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Are you a piano mover or a piano player?

July 13 2016

I’ve been a Headteacher for five years now and I’m just starting to figure out how it works. Maybe this surprises you. Maybe you expect Headteachers to hit the ground running and, mixing my metaphors, take to the role like a duck to water. Maybe others do (a colleague of mine who I aspire to […]

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