About Me

Pearl Barnes MA(SEN), BSc(Hons), PGCE, PGCertEd, CPT3A

Pearl is a registered accredited assessor with the British Psychological Society/Psychological Testing Centre


Pearl is a fully qualified and practising teacher


Biography:

Pearl has a wide and varied educational career spanning over 24 years across both the maintained, special school and independent sector. She has worked at a local and national level, developing and advising upon SEND provision and teacher professional development relating to SEN and Disabilities, including mathematical learning difficulties. 

Pearl began her teaching career as a mainstream teacher and soon specialised in Special Educational Needs, studying for a Masters in SEN through Plymouth University, whilst teaching at a Special School. She has subsequently worked as a SENCO and Head of Learning Support, a Local Authority Consultant and Adviser and as Head of Education within a multi-disciplinary specialist school for children with complex disabilities. 

In addition to teaching and consultancy work, Pearl has worked for the voluntary sector as Vice-President and President of NASEN, the only national charity overseeing all special educational needs and disabilities. She was tasked with working with central government to develop SEND policy and delivered a  number of keynote addresses in Northern Ireland, Bristol, Westminster and Central London. She was also responsible for managing the Advisory Board and Board of Trustees. 

Expert Profile Summary: 
  • Member of the Expert Inclusion Panel at the Department for Education's Standard Testing Agency (STA): current
  • President, Director and Chair of the board of trustees, NASEN (National Association of Special Educational Needs): (2010-2012)
  • Pearl has been an Expert Witness for the Public Accounts Select Committee in 2011, giving advice and information relating to young people with SEN/D. 
  • Member of the DCD Consensus Group, a multidisciplinary group consisting of international professionals to decide upon the diagnostic criteria for developmental co-ordination disorder for the DSMV (2011)
  • Vice-President of NASEN (2008-2010)
  • NASEN Specialist Advisory Group: (2006-2010)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM): Pearl worked with Senior Clinicians to deliver multidisciplinary training for clinicians and educationalists nationally (2004-2006)
  • Educational Representative for the Children's Emotional Wellbeing Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2002-2006)
  • Pearl worked  on the 'Changing Minds' campaign, the National Service Framework and developed national training information for teachers. 2002-2004
Published Works:

Pearl has a number of published works relating to SEN policy and practice, assessment, mathematical learning difficulties and multiagency working, which can be accessed here. 

HONOURS AND AWARDS:

 

Pearl was honoured to have her services to children recognised by the Prime Minister in 2009, when she was invited to a special Reception at No. 10, Downing Street.




Education and Training:

Pearl is a fully qualified specialist teacher with a Masters degree with a specialist interest in Special Educational Needs and a Level 7 qualification in assessment and access arrangements. 


Certificate of Competence in Psychometric Testing, Assessment and Access Arrangements (CPT3A)
2009 - Real Training endorsed by Dyslexia Action and registered as an accredited assessor on the Register of Competence in Psychological Testing, British Psychological Society/Psychological Testing Centre
PGCert Ed Post-graduate Certificate in Early Mathematical Development (PGCertEd)
2008 -   Edge Hill University
MA(Ed) Special interest in Special Educational Needs
2005 -   University of Plymouth
P.G.C.E. Mathematics
1993 -   St. Luke's, University of Exeter
BSc(Hons) Biomolecular Science (Biophysical Chemistry): 
1986  -  University of Portsmouth
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