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Lorraine Petersen

Lorraine is passionate about supporting all children and young people to reach their full potential, especially those who are identified with SEND. She would like to see all pupils able to access the very best education in a setting that best meets their needs. The education system needs to change to ensure there is a 21st century workforce, delivering a 21st century curriculum to meet the needs of 21st century children and young people, many who have very complex and challenging needs.

She offers training to school leaders, SENCOs, teachers and teaching assistants across all sectors of education. She has developed and delivers a six week programme – ‘Local Leaders of SEND’ – developing local SENCOs to be able to support new to role SENCOs. She also offers SEND Reviews for schools, Multi Academy Trusts and Local Authorities.

Her training topics include SEND Reforms, SEND and the Law, Strategic Leadership of SEND, Inclusive Practice in the Mainstream School, Effective deployment of support staff, Assessing SEND Pupil Progress and Developing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health and Well-Being. She is a trained Instructor for Mental Health First Aid.

Examples of Programmes Offered

  • Local Leaders of SEND
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  • SEND Reforms and the Law
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  • Strategic Leadership of SEND
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  • Inclusive Practice in the mainstream school
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  • Assessing SEND pupil progress
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  • Mental Health First Aid
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Delivery location

Lorraine Peterson will travel nationally for the right project but operates mainly in the Midlands. Travel and accommodation must be covered by the school.

Impact

Impact to date

In the 4 years Lorraine has worked independently she has delivered of 300 training sessions. During her time at Nasen she delivered over 500 nationally and internationally. She has worked with thousands of teachers, SENCOs and schools both in England and overseas.

Feedback from senior leaders, collected by CPDBee, reveals that her training leads to improved participant knowledge, skill and practice and improves policies and procedures.

Impact measurements used

Lorraine aims to improve education so that it meets all children’s needs, expecially those with SEND. To measure the impact of her work she conducts participant evaluations and collects cleint testimonials.

External assessment of impact

Lorraine has not yet had an independent, external evaluation of her impact.

Expertise

Programme design philosophy

Lorraine begins designing her professional development by first considering the audience and the expected outcomes. She ensures her offering is underpinned by the latest research and delivered drawing upon her 25 years of teaching and 9 years as a SEND education charity CEO.

In combination with high quality resources, she ensures that participants are given the opportunity to collaborate and discuss the strategies she teaches. More importantly, she provides them with the opportunity to apply what they have learned through practical activities that encourage challenging conversations and a consideration of their own practice in their own schools. She sustains her support after she has delivered her courses by sharing resources which can increase her intended impact.

Team experience and expertise

Lorraine has 25 years’ experience in mainstream schools as teacher and headteacher.

For 9 years she was the CEO of nasen –a national charity supporting children and young people with SEND. She has hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional needs. During her time at nasen she worked on various project with agencies including the DfE, NCTL and UKTI.

She has been a chair, keynote speaker and facilitator at many national and international events and conferences as well as a consultant for many national organisations. She is the former chair of governors at TreeHouse School and serving governor at Chadsgrove Special School.

In 2009, she was awarded an OBE for services to education. In 2010, she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award at the Educational Research Awards and in 2013, the Outstanding Achievement Award at BETT. In 2015, she successfully completed the IPSEA SEN Foundation Legal Training and has been appointed an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.

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Testimonials

Chadsgrove School, Deb Rattley, Headteacher

Lorraine is always exceptionally well prepared and pays very close attention to detail ensuring all materials delivered are of a very high quality and up to date. She structures all training to ensure there is a wide range of activities to not only motivate and engage her audience but also to extend the skills and knowledge of the group.

She is flexible in her delivery and can adapt easily should the need arise for this. She is always punctual, trustworthy and is completely professional at all times. Evaluations from training delivered are always of a very high calibre.

Lorraine keeps abreast with current government initiates and topics and is able to explain these clearly and articulately to her audience and answers questions superbly. I have always found Lorraine’s training to have a lasting impact in terms of policy change, conduct and procedures for me as a Headteacher.

I have to say, that in my career, Lorraine is the most credible person I have worked with.

The Orchard School, Diane Ellingham, Headteacher

Lorraine is highly skilled and knowledgeable in her field of SEN. She delivers CPD in a friendly and approachable manner, she is easy and engaging to listen to whilst balancing the delivery of important facts.

Lorraine has delivered whole school training to my staff and the impact was huge. Staff took on board the facts and have embedded into their practice. Lorraine delivery is also embedded with real life situations and talks about children, so that is realistic to the audience.

Rushall Inclusion Advisory Support Team, Beccie Hawes, Head of Service

I have heard Lorraine speak on a number of occasions and attended CPD events that she has led. Lorraine’s professional knowledge is always up to date, relevant and accurate. She researches all that she presents in a thorough and meticulous manner so that all she shares is evidence based and accurate.

Lorraine’s presentation style is friendly, warm but professional. She makes information accessible and matches her presentation carefully to the audience and the brief. Her talks are backed up by Power Point slides that support her points effectively. Lorraine is engaging and passionate about her subject which inspires her audience – her experience shines through. Humour is carefully and appropriately used and valuable opportunities for her audience to discuss and process what she has shared is provided. She responds well to questions and often challenges her audience positively to think even deeper.

Lorraine’s training always has a lasting impact, in that delegates either have the information that they need to support strategic decision making back in their school or new ideas to reflect upon to improve provision. I would certainly make a point of attending an event where Lorraine was presenting as I know I would have a high quality experience which would ultimately improve my practice for the good of my pupils.

Alpha Plus Group, Liz Francis, Director of Education

Lorraine is not only a real expert and extremely knowledgeable, but she is also a fantastic communicator. She has led training sessions for teachers and support staff for Alpha Plus Group and the feedback has been exceptionally positive.

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, Anonymous

Lorraine is an expert in all things SEND; policy and practice. She is able to translate complex issues into meaningful information for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and Senior Leaders. She is passionate about her subject and always up to date. She is well known and highly respected in her field. I personally have engaged Lorraine to present at conferences and deliver workshops in current issues for our Teaching School Alliance, all of which have been evaluated highly. I have no hesitation in recommending Lorraine

Barnet Children Services, Barnet with Cambridge Education, Joann Moore, Advisory Teacher Inclusion Specialist Team

Lorraine listened to what we needed, asked for clarification, sent the power point prior and amended with our suggestions. Content was pitched just right and easy to access. On the day her delivery was professional and very knowledgeable but based on 1st hand experience, the feedback from the 100 SENCOs was overwhelmingly positive. – we have a scale rating of 1- 5 (5 being best) and almost all evaluations were 4 or 5. I’ve booked to attend another 1 of her courses because I wanted to hear more from her.

 

 

Westways Primary School Sheffield, Wendy Scott, Deputy Head and SENCO

I have been a SENCO for as long as I can remember and I can honestly say I’ve never been on a day-long training that has been as informative and useful as today was.  I came away with much more clarity regarding my role within the new code and also the role of the LA.  [Lorraines’] straightforward, no-nonsense approach was refreshing and left us (others were saying this too) feeling a lot more confident about how to move the reforms on in our schools. [Lorraine is] obviously extremely passionate about getting the best possible deal for these children and this came through loud and clear.

Chadsgrove School, Deb Rattley, Headteacher

Lorraine is always exceptionally well prepared and pays very close attention to detail ensuring all materials delivered are of a very high quality and up to date. She structures all training to ensure there is a wide range of activities to not only motivate and engage her audience but also to extend the skills and knowledge of the group.

She is flexible in her delivery and can adapt easily should the need arise for this. She is always punctual, trustworthy and is completely professional at all times. Evaluations from training delivered are always of a very high calibre.

Lorraine keeps abreast with current government initiates and topics and is able to explain these clearly and articulately to her audience and answers questions superbly. I have always found Lorraine’s training to have a lasting impact in terms of policy change, conduct and procedures for me as a Headteacher.

I have to say, that in my career, Lorraine is the most credible person I have worked with.

The Orchard School, Diane Ellingham, Headteacher

Lorraine is highly skilled and knowledgeable in her field of SEN. She delivers CPD in a friendly and approachable manner, she is easy and engaging to listen to whilst balancing the delivery of important facts.

Lorraine has delivered whole school training to my staff and the impact was huge. Staff took on board the facts and have embedded into their practice. Lorraine delivery is also embedded with real life situations and talks about children, so that is realistic to the audience.

Rushall Inclusion Advisory Support Team, Beccie Hawes, Head of Service

I have heard Lorraine speak on a number of occasions and attended CPD events that she has led. Lorraine’s professional knowledge is always up to date, relevant and accurate. She researches all that she presents in a thorough and meticulous manner so that all she shares is evidence based and accurate.

Lorraine’s presentation style is friendly, warm but professional. She makes information accessible and matches her presentation carefully to the audience and the brief. Her talks are backed up by Power Point slides that support her points effectively. Lorraine is engaging and passionate about her subject which inspires her audience – her experience shines through. Humour is carefully and appropriately used and valuable opportunities for her audience to discuss and process what she has shared is provided. She responds well to questions and often challenges her audience positively to think even deeper.

Lorraine’s training always has a lasting impact, in that delegates either have the information that they need to support strategic decision making back in their school or new ideas to reflect upon to improve provision. I would certainly make a point of attending an event where Lorraine was presenting as I know I would have a high quality experience which would ultimately improve my practice for the good of my pupils.

Alpha Plus Group, Liz Francis, Director of Education

Lorraine is not only a real expert and extremely knowledgeable, but she is also a fantastic communicator. She has led training sessions for teachers and support staff for Alpha Plus Group and the feedback has been exceptionally positive.

Forest Way Teaching School Alliance, Anonymous

Lorraine is an expert in all things SEND; policy and practice. She is able to translate complex issues into meaningful information for teachers, teaching assistants, SENCos and Senior Leaders. She is passionate about her subject and always up to date. She is well known and highly respected in her field. I personally have engaged Lorraine to present at conferences and deliver workshops in current issues for our Teaching School Alliance, all of which have been evaluated highly. I have no hesitation in recommending Lorraine

Barnet Children Services, Barnet with Cambridge Education, Joann Moore, Advisory Teacher Inclusion Specialist Team

Lorraine listened to what we needed, asked for clarification, sent the power point prior and amended with our suggestions. Content was pitched just right and easy to access. On the day her delivery was professional and very knowledgeable but based on 1st hand experience, the feedback from the 100 SENCOs was overwhelmingly positive. – we have a scale rating of 1- 5 (5 being best) and almost all evaluations were 4 or 5. I’ve booked to attend another 1 of her courses because I wanted to hear more from her.

 

 

Westways Primary School Sheffield, Wendy Scott, Deputy Head and SENCO

I have been a SENCO for as long as I can remember and I can honestly say I’ve never been on a day-long training that has been as informative and useful as today was.  I came away with much more clarity regarding my role within the new code and also the role of the LA.  [Lorraines’] straightforward, no-nonsense approach was refreshing and left us (others were saying this too) feeling a lot more confident about how to move the reforms on in our schools. [Lorraine is] obviously extremely passionate about getting the best possible deal for these children and this came through loud and clear.