Key Voices #55 – Reflections on 40 years in Special Education and mental health with Barry Carpenter (CBE, OBE, PhD)

This week we speak to Barry Carpenter, former headteacher, former National Director at The Department for Education and the UK’s first Professor in Mental Health in Education.

This podcast was recorded in early April 2020. We talk to Barry about the Covid- 19 pandemic and the likely impact on pupil, teacher and parent mental health as a result of school closures. We also discuss Barry’s long and varied career in education, and the positive shift he’s seen in the increased expectations on SEND pupils. Barry speaks about his own daughter who has Down’s Syndrome and her achievements, which he could have scarcely imagined when he started teaching. Barry also explains his work on the engagement model of formative assessment for pupils performing below the standard of the national curriculum assessments, and how this has been developed into a model of summative assessment, to be adopted nationally when the legislation is passed.

You can learn more about resources Barry discusses in this week’s episode, Books Beyond Words, here.

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Comments 2

  1. Rashid Khan 18th April 2020

    Being a teacher from main stream class and moving to a special school this year, I have seen a great change in how students learn. After listening to this audio and the message in it, has really motivated me to be more engaged with kids with autism. Really humanity and compassion plays a huge role in a teachers life. Thank you

  2. Annamarie 29th April 2020

    I attended Westminster College, Oxford in the 90s and I’m so disappointed that I didn’t have more opportunities to listen to Barry as a lecturer back then. As a now DHT with responsibility for SEND what a missed opportunity. This has been a highly interesting and inspiring podcast, thank you.

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