Meet the Team - Engagement 4 Learning

The E4L team are made up of researchers involved in the original DfE-funded Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project (2009-2011). Since 2011, schools have continued to use the CLDD resources (see case studies in Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities), and the E4L team have continued to develop their thinking.

Barry Carpenter CBE

Barry CarpenterBarry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’.

He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In 2015 he co-authored a book on Children with Complex Needs.

Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand.  He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation, he Chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls on the Autism Spectrum, which will be the focus of his next book.

Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine. In 2016 he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his work in the international field of Special Educational Needs. He was created OBE in 2001 for services to children with Special Needs.

Barry has 3 children – one a Vice Principal, one a Senior Occupational Therapist, and a daughter with Down’s syndrome, who now has a home of her own and is a qualified Waitress.

Beverley Cockbill

bev-cockbillBeverley Cockbill is a Training Co-ordinator in complex learning needs for Chadsgrove Teaching School, Bromsgrove, and has worked in the field of special educational needs for 14 years.

In addition to school-to-school support, Bev is currently supporting care homes for adults with learning disabilities using the Engagement for Living Framework tools and structured teaching approaches. Previously, she worked for SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd as Training Co-ordinator for complex learning needs and as a Researcher on the Department for Education funded Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) Research Project.

In addition, Bev has been an Assistant Teacher and Structured Teaching Advisor/Trainer within a residential school offering 38/42-week education and 52-week care to children aged 6–19 years with severe and complex learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder. Bev lectures and delivers training for children with CLDD in schools across the UK and internationally, most recently in Australia and New Zealand.

She is involved in school-based research, including a European teaching resource project. She is co-author of Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (Routledge, 2016), has published various articles, and contributed to the Teaching Agency’s ‘Engaging in Learning’ module for their ‘Training Materials for Teachers of Learners with Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties’.

Jo Egerton

jo-egertonJo Egerton is a schools’ research consultant, trainer and writer. She is also an Erasmus Plus Research Fellow at Leeds Beckett University and works on Research and Development for Chadsgrove Teaching School, Bromsgrove.

Previously she has worked as Lead Researcher on the Department for Education’s ‘Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities’ and as research consultant on the Teaching Agency’s ‘Educating Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders’.

She was also lead research coach on the Research Charter Mark Award for schools at SSAT (the Schools Network) Ltd. She was a contributor and editorial team member for the Teaching Agency’s online Training Materials for Teachers of Pupils with Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties (2011-2012). She has co-authored and co-edited a number of books, most recently Engaging Learners with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (Routledge, 2015), two books on fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (Routledge, 2012, 2013) and Creating Meaningful Inquiry in Inclusive Classrooms (Routledge, 2012). Jo worked in special education and residential care settings for 12 years as a researcher, teacher and key worker.

She has a PGCE and a Masters in Learning Disability Studies.