Biography

About Peter Imray

Teaching Experience:
I have been a teacher of children, young people and adults with special educational needs since 1986, mostly at The Bridge School in Islington, North London. During that time I have taught across all ages from 2 to 19, and all ability levels from Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) through Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD). I have also taught those with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), again, across all ages and ability levels.

Training Experience:
During my teaching career, I have been variously a class teacher, Head of PMLD, and Deputy Head at The Bridge School. From 1997, I combined these roles with forming and running the Bridge School’s Training and Consultancy Centre (TCC), and between 2009 and 2012 took on this latter role full-time. The Bridge School TCC has established itself as one of the UK’s major trainers of those working with pupils and students with SLD, PMLD and ASD. During 2011 the TCC delivered some 50 different courses over the academic year at its Training Centre in Islington and visited a further 30 schools across the UK to deliver bespoke In-Service Training. I personally wrote and delivered the vast majority of these courses.

In addition, I have regularly delivered training for Equals, Collective Learning in Wales, HEADS at Hadrian School in Newcastle, Canterbury Christchurch University, Kent SLD Schools Consortium, Sunfield Professional Development Centre in Stourbridge and Applefield’s School in York.

Between 2008 and 2014 I have worked with both Shumua al Amal and The Shamah Autism Center in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to deliver CPD training courses to teachers and hospital staff across Saudi.

Design and delivery of professional development opportunities:
Designed and delivered Certificate of Special Education (CES) accredited by Northampton University.
Designed and delivered Certificate of Higher Educational Support and Learning (CHESL) accredited by Northampton University.
Designed and delivered Post Graduate Certificate in SEN modules – accredited by London Metropolitan University.
Designed Return to Teaching (SEN) course for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) – now School’s Network.
Designed and delivered 35 different one and two day CPD courses relating to the whole range of Special Educational Needs.
Accredited Intermediate Skills Trainer for Team Teach, delivering their one and two day training packages at various venues.
Commissioned by the School’s Network to write materials for SLD, PMLD and CLDD Curriculum Development for the Teacher Development Agency (TDA). These materials were put on-line in 2012 and can be accessed at www.complexneeds.org.uk

Leadership and Managerial Experience:
I was a senior teacher and as such part of the Senior Leadership Team at The Bridge between 1994 and 2012, covering a number of posts from Head of PMLD through Assistant Head and Deputy Head. I was part of the leadership team which oversaw The Bridge School gain two successive ‘outstanding’ grades from Ofsted in 2006 and 2009. I have worked closely with the Schools Network (formerly the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, SSAT) in leading The Bridge School’s appointment as the UK’s first Leadership and Innovation Hub Special School.

I sit on the Executive Committee of Equals, a UK national charity committed to improving the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through supporting high quality education, and am an active member of SLD Forum.

Consultancy Experience:
I have been involved on numerous consultancy commissions in both special school and mainstream settings, giving advice on curriculum, behaviour, class and whole school organisation, as well as individual pupil advice.