Anne Longfield OBE was appointed the Children’s Commissioner in March 2015.
Her brief from Parliament was laid down in a 2014 recommendation to the 2004 Children’s Act which also gave her data collection and visitation powers. The Commissioner is independent of Government, children’s agencies, the voluntary and private sector. She has always described the role as “being the eyes and ears of children within the system”, and sees her remit to “shine a light” on areas where the system fails, or inadequately supports children and to speak up on behalf of them, without fear or favour.
She speaks on behalf of all the 12million English Children and children in England. She has special responsibility for the 70k children who are looked after by the state or described as “in care” in some form.
Prior to her appointment as Children’s Commissioner, Anne was Chief Executive of a leading national children’s charity which delivered early years support, school support and youth services.
As such she is a long-standing and passionate champion for children, with over thirty years’ experience of developing, influencing and shaping the national policy agenda for children and families. She spent many years campaigning for better childcare, often at a time when many saw the issue as obscure or niche.
Over her time of office the Commissioner has worked on issues affecting children’s mental health, put forward proposals for giving children more power over their digital lives, published new research on children in care ‘pinged’ around the system, and launched a major study into vulnerable children invisible to the state.
Anne was born in Yorkshire where she lives when she is not in London.
Council for Disabled Children
Philippa has played a key role in crafting, challenging and championing education policy in her various roles in the public and voluntary sector. A trained teacher and occupational therapist with a Masters in the education of children with special needs, she began her career in mainstream and special schools, became an advisory teacher, then an inspector for the Inner London Education Authority.
When she joined the Council for Disabled Children, she set up the Special Educational Consortium to create a national campaigning voice for the disabled children’s sector and set about helping to establish and develop parent partnership services (now known as Information, Advice and Support services). She has worked in Parliament during the passage of legislation; reviewed inclusion in one of our most inclusive local authorities; contributed to the development of several Codes of Practice; was seconded into the DfE as SEN and disability professional adviser; advised on an inclusive early years project in Europe; is currently leading a DfE-funded project to increase access and inclusion in the early years; and works as part of the team providing support to the DfE as strategic partner on SEN and disability.
Dr Susie Nyman
Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care
The Sixth Form College, Farnborough
Dr Susie Nyman is passionate about discovering how children learn and supporting them in ways which enable them to succeed. She was appointed as a Biology teacher at The Sixth Form College Farnborough in 1995, and subsequently as Curriculum Manager for Health and Social Care where she has worked ever since.
Susie strives to raise students’ achievements and support them in ways which enables them to succeed. She works with her students deploying a range of innovative and Multi-sensory teaching techniques to assist their learning including her ‘Equality and Diversity Tree’ and famous puppets!
Additionally, she has provided training to PGCE students at Kingston University, and in a number of local schools and colleges on teaching strategies. Since February 2017, Susie has presented seminars on ‘Multi-sensory Techniques’ at The Learning Differences Conventions in Australia, Richmond College, The Helen Arkell Centre, Bell House, The Oratory School, The National Education Show and The Tes SEN Shows in London and Manchester.
Recently, she was filmed ‘in action’ for The British Dyslexia Association as well as Oaka Books, and the footage is available on YouTube. Subsequently, she has written a chapter about ‘Multi-sensory Teaching’ in the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Schools Good Practice Guide and ‘The Multi-sensory Teaching Toolkit’ by Oaka Books.
In recognition of over 21 years continued service at The Sixth Form College Farnborough, Susie has been nominated three times by the College for the ‘Tes FE Teacher of the Year Award’. This is an honour of which she is immensely proud.
Head of content
Tes SEN Show
Beverley has over 17 years’ senior management experience of the education sector, focusing on special educational needs and disability (SEND). She is responsible for the Tes SEN Show’s content strategy and structure across all 42 seminars, parent and carer forum presentations and exhibitor workshops. Beverley is passionate about raising awareness of SEN and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of the SEN sector.
As a member of the senior leadership team at nasen for over 10 years, Beverley has worked alongside colleagues at the DfE leading the development of the SEND Gateway, which was launched in 2014, managed the delivery of professional development nationally to meet the needs of a variety of education settings and supported the work of Council for Disabled Children on government funded projects. She has worked with the Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote UK SEN expertise abroad and has been a member of the organising committee of the quinquennial Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress (ISEC) Glasgow 2005, Belfast 2010 and Portugal 2015.
Beverley is SEN Governor of a local primary school in inner city Birmingham and mum to a wonderful young man who inspires her to keep learning.