Hilary is the Founder of Can Do and the Principal Trainer.
“I started teaching secretarial studies at a general FE college in the late 1980’s, but moved into corporate training for a few years. My return to FE in the 1990s saw me teaching students at Entry Level and above. This was a challenge but one which I enjoyed, with a determination to help students overcome their learning disabilities to help them to achieve. There was zero training in this area and I learned it all the hard way.”
Hilary was later appointed as a teaching and learning coach and this status within the college gave her a voice to fulfil her ambition to spread the word in-house.
Having co-ordinated a team of LSAs and being dedicated to find ways to manage classroom behaviour issues, Hilary was recruited to set up and manage a Behavioural Support team. This model led to her being approached to disseminate this good practice as the behaviour lead to other colleges via a government-funded project. From this platform Can Do Behaviour was born (2010).
After seeing the struggles of students with ADHD, Hilary made ‘reasonable adjustment’ to her own practice. She subsequently wrote a short book called “Meeting the Needs of Learners with ADHD in the Mainstream Classroom” which easily translated into a training programme. This is now an accredited programme of study at Level 2 and Level 3, on the RQF and accredited by OCN London.
Being around like-minded people is what makes her tick, Hilary is actively involved with #ukfechat on Twitter – join in on Thursdays at 9pm for questions, conversations and free CPD.
Hilary’s belief is that for many of the disengaged students that she’s worked with there is usually a different way to reach them. In her behaviour management training sessions you’ll see how.
Hilary presents the majority of the training for the behaviour and classroom management courses.
Laura provides training
Laura has been working with children and young people with autism and other special needs for more than 19 years. She started her teaching career in Further Education, and has worked in the Supported Learning Department of 2 large Mainstream Colleges teaching Numeracy, Literacy, Life Skills and Childcare. Laura also worked as the Life Skills Co-ordinator at a residential college for young people with severe physical disabilities. She then was the Assistant Head Teacher, then Head Teacher at an independent special school for children with Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism. Laura is also an ABA tutor.
Laura’s passion has always been working with young people with autism – she believe that they have so much to offer, and yet the education system often fails them because staff do not have the right skills and experience. This is something she is passionate about changing!
Laura’s unique course Supporting Children, Teenagers and Young Adults with Pathological Demand Avoidance is accredited and at Level 2 it can be offered to you in-house or on fixed dates.
Laura has a degree in Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Special Education (Autism) a PCGE in Life Long Learning and holds NPQH (National Professional Qualification for Headship). She is also a Surrey Autism Champion and has a NOCN Level 3 Certificate in Working with Students with ADHD.
Sarah presents training
Sarah has dedicated her whole career to working with people with disabilities and has worked in a range of settings including, Social Services, Health, the Voluntary Sector and Education. She has predominately worked in Post 16 Education which includes a Specialist College, Adult Learning and Further Education. She has qualified as a teacher in Further Education and is a member of the Institute for Learning. For the last 20 years Sarah has successfully managed several Learner Support departments within the Post 16 sector covering a wide curriculum and catering for a diverse group of learners including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Throughout this time she has continued to teach as she feels it is important to understand both learners’ and tutors’ needs, and feels this can only be done with hands on experience.
Sarah has been involved in many developmental projects during her career including making material accessible for people with learning disabilities, creating tutorial systems, and hearing the learner’s voice. She has also provided training on many aspects of disability to other providers. Sarah has also supported, trained and mentored many tutors working with adults with learning disabilities and is passionate about sharing her experiences to enable others to provide good quality education that meets individual learners’ needs.
Iain works with senior leaders in schools and colleges, empowering them by helping them to manage their mindset, energy and time. This ensures they can have lasting, fulfilling careers and meaningful influence on their pupils/students and staff.
Iain provides whole staff training, focusing on the evergreen areas that underpin the success of great teachers; skill sets and ways of thinking that don’t change with every general election. In particular, Iain provides training sessions covering time management, plus stress and resilience.