About Peter Imray

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 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 Autism and learning difficulties, again, across all ages and ability levels.

During my teaching career, I have been variously a class teacher, Head of PMLD, and Head of Secondary at The Bridge School. From 1997, I combined these roles with forming and running the Bridge School’s Training and Consultancy Centre and between 2009 and 2012 took on this latter role full-time.

In 2012 I decided to go freelance, initially as a trainer, but in the last 5 years especially, most of my work has directly involved curriculum development and direct teacher coaching. Along with a small team of highly specialist ex school leaders, I currently work with around 30 schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, developing their curriculum and assessment offer.

I also work especially closely with Equals, a UK based international not-for-profit charity committed to improving the lives of children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities through supporting high quality education. I have been a trustee of Equals since 2010 and have been acting as Developments Director since 2016.

I am an Associate Lecturer at Birmingham University, teaching regularly on their Severe, Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Masters course and an occasional lecturer at Roehampton University.