Welcome to Pearl's-training
SEND Support Service
Pearl Barnes
MA (SEN), BSc(Hons), PGCE, PGCertEd, CPT3A
SEN Consultant, Writer and Specialist Teacher
Past President of NASEN

Training - Assessment - Consultancy

Pearl's-training is a SEN support service for SENCOs and parents of children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) offering:
- Bespoke training 
- Specialist diagnostic assessment
- Detailed auditing of SEND provision
- SEN consultancy

Pearl is an experienced SEN Consultant, author and Level 7 qualified Specialist Assessor based in the South West of England. She has extensive experience, spanning 24 years, working across a wide range of SEN and disabilities throughout the whole of the UK. As an expert and specialist in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), she offers support in all areas of SpLD including mathematical learning difficulties, dyslexia and dyspraxia. 

  • for SENCOs, 
  • Learning Support teams, 
  • Exam Officers
  • whole-school training, 
  • specialist training 
  • for governors and other senior professionals
Training can be tailored to the setting, examples include:
  • differentiation, 
  • preparing for inspection
  • mathematical learning needs
  • specific learning difficulties
  • data collection and analysis
  • collating evidence of need and how to complete a Form 8
More information can be found on the For Schools page.

Specialist Assessment:

There are two types of specialist assessment on offer:

Full diagnostic assessment for specific learning difficulties 

Commissioned either directly by parents or schools, these assessments are extremely detailed, holistic and provide a comprehensive analysis of the individual strengths and weaknesses/areas to develop. The assessment

As a Specialist Assessor, Pearl provides specialist diagnostic assessment and reports for pupils from age 6-19 years who may be experiencing specific learning difficulties. Pearl can provide full and detailed diagnostic assessments or short assessments which are appropriate for application for access arrangements in external exams and can be commissioned by parents or schools.
More information information can be found here

SEND Auditing:

Pearl offers a full audit of SEND provision enabling settings to be 'Ofsted Ready' and compliant with current Regulations such as: the SEN Code of Practice, the Equality Act and JCQ Regulations. Her report provides recommendations for improvements and can provide evidence towards the School Development Plan.

SEND Consultancy:
Pearl is able to provide ongoing support for SENCOs, including aid with policy writing, data analysis and SEN provision development. 

Pearl is a Past President of NASEN, the only national charity embracing all additional educational needs and disability, and has operated at a national level for a number of years. More details regarding Pearl's experience and qualifications can be found on the About Me pages.

Pearl is a fully qualified teacher and specialist assessor accredited through the British Psychological Society. Pearl is also a member of the British Dyslexia Association and NASEN.
Pearl has an Enhanced DBS clearance certificate.

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