Nicholas has managed and led Special Needs Teams in several FE and HE and Sixth Form Colleges over the last 15 years. He has taught English Language Maths and Communication to GCSE level for 15+ years in various Colleges and Schools as well as GCSE and A Level Geography. Nicholas holds a Bsc (Hons) degree from Plymouth Polytechnic and an Applied Linguistics MA from the University of Northampton. His research area is Textual and Discourse Analysis for Reading and Listening Comprehension to improve learning and access to learning.
Nicholas recently qualified with the National Special Education Needs at Master’s Degree level in 2016 http://www.elc-cambridge.org/sen/national-award-for-sen-coordination
He qualified as a SpLD teacher and assessor in 2004 and has been registered with SASC from 2005 to 2014 (http://www.sasc.org.uk/) as an licensed assessor to diagnose Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and other Specific Learning Difficulties for primary, secondary, tertiary and higher education sectors. Nicholas has developed a range of literacy, language and numeracy interventions for learners with special educational needs and disabilities.
Nicholas has taught on Certificate of Education and other Initial Teacher Training courses at Northampton College http://www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/) , Warwickshire College (https://www.warwickshire.ac.uk/) and Great Yarmouth Colleges (http://www.gyc.ac.uk/) of Further & Higher Education.
He is a Makaton Regional Tutor designing communication programmes for learners with speech, language and communication needs and with severe learning disabilities (https://www.makaton.org/).
Nicholas teaches Degree and Post Graduate level short awards through Dyslexia Action (http://www.dyslexiaaction.org.uk/),teaching and assessing on line Degree and Post Graduate awards in Dyslexia and Literacy and CPD Units in 2010 – validated by Middlesex University.
He is an internal verifier on the OCR SpLD Teaching and Assessing Certificate (L5) and Diploma (L7) awards for several post graduate teacher training providers (http://www.wscentre.co.uk/; http://www.cepp.co.uk/professional-development.html)
Nicholas has qualified teacher status (QTLLS) validated by the Society of Education and Training (SET) and a member of https://set.et-foundation.co.uk/ It is the professional membership organisation of the Education and Training Foundation for practitioners working in the post-16 education and training sector.
Since 2015 Nicholas has worked freelance with a School in the Ukraine to develop English Language teaching, learning and assessment using discourse linguistic methods and “action by doing” pedagogy within Pearson and Cambridge Syllabuses.
Regional and national Research Projects in Education
- Published a guide on “How to deliver a Study Programme Implementation Guide”. It is recognised as good practice and promoted by the Association of Colleges detailing what study programmes are and how they blend curriculum and other student support services into a single time table delivery https://www.aoc.co.uk/teaching-and-learning/study-programmes-central/send
- Autism Education Trust & Ambitious about Autism National Project 2013-14 SFC lead to re write ASD national competency framework for training educational staff in a national project led by DFE and Autism Education Trust http://www.aettraininghubs.org.uk/post-16/cf/ and AET Post 16 training standards www.stephensoncoll.ac.uk/publications/local-offer/AET-post-16-autism-standards_final.pdf, £4,000 project with students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome leading and developing materials.
- Association of Colleges / DFEE 2012 – 14 developing study programmes for learners with Special Needs and Disabilities (SEND) http://www.slideshare.net/AoCinfo/east-norfolk-college-study-programmes This national project was awarded £3,000 for a 2-year project showcased at national and regional levels. It developed study programmes to extend skills in social communication, interaction and resilience for students with SEND by interventions based on communication (Talking Partners), sports and hobbies for team building (STEP), mental health stress interventions (Wellbeing Strategy), supported work placements with James Paget Hospital http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/eg6743
- Advising on the Green Paper “Support and Aspiration” in 2012 developing the Children and Families Act 2014 and New SEND Code in http://www.dudleycvs.org.uk/images/stories/20130221__The_Green_paper_project_Support__Aspiration_Impact_Evaluation_Phase_1.pdf
- In 2012 an example peer mentoring, a case study to demonstrate how East Norfolk College use students, with or without additional needs, to support new students with academic, welfare and social introductions and advocacy. http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/eg1298
- In 2011 a resource to help learners from school to college by producing a DVD for Year 10/11 students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Physical Disabilities, Mental Health Needs and Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) who were transitioning from school to college. http://www.excellencegateway.org.uk/content/eg1741
- LSIS January – March 2012 £2,800 for Transition to College for learners with disability, difficulty or disadvantage with focus on Autism and Mental Health Needs to attain high achievements in retention and success.
- In 2010, designing and adapting a database for SEND successfully to manage and improve income generation for East Norfolk Sixth Form College with Midas systems http://www.midas-systems.co.uk/downloads/East%20Norfolk%20College%20Case%20Study.pdf
- Learning & Skills Council. 2009 – 10. Pathfinder 4 Action Research and Development for Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (LDD) for Improving Choices Centre of Good Practice development. Partnership between Great Yarmouth FE/HE College and James Paget Hospital. Develop Project Search for supported employment provision in Catering, Hospitality and Retail for Learners with Complex Needs in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support at the James Paget Hospital”. £67,000
- Learning & Skills Council. 2008 – 2009. Pathfinder 3 Capital Action Research and Development for Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (LDD) for Improving Choices Centre of Good Practice development. Partnership between City College Norwich, College of West Anglia and Great Yarmouth FE/HE Colleges. Develop a “Hub” and Spokes” supported employment provision in Catering, Hospitality and Retail for Learners with Complex Needs in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support. £166,000 http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk/news/yarmouth_kitchen_opening_learning_doors_1_497250
- Learning & Skills Council. 2007 – 2008. Pathfinder 2 Action Research and Development for Learning Difficulties/Disabilities (LDD) for Improving Choices Centre of Good Practice development. Partnership between Easton, College of West Anglia and Great Yarmouth FE/HE Colleges. “Design and Implement a Business Education Diploma for Learners with Complex Needs in Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support.” £30,0000
- European Social Funding. 2007-2008. Great Yarmouth Community Trust and Great Yarmouth College Partnership. “Link” project to give 75 16 – 24 year olds not in employment, education or training a Level 1 or Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy award with experience in Motor Vehicle, Hairdressing or Catering. Short run course of 25 hours leading to full time course entry or employment or work based learning. £85,000 over 18 months.
- Learning & Skills Council. 2007 – 2008. Research, design and implement a capital expenditure for enabling technologies for Learners with LDD for Language, Literacy and Numeracy Support across college”. Introduced Moodle VLE and implementation across college. £100,000
- QIA Skills for Life Improvement Programme. 2006 – 2007. Action Research Project. Action Research Project. “RARPA Quality Assurance in Business Enterprise for Learners with Learning Difficulties/Disabilities”. £1,500 in consultancy and training
- QIA Skills for Life Improvement Programme. Action Research Project. “Keeping Struggling Readers in Learning.” 2004 – 2005. £3,000