The Team

This Handbook has been created by consultants at Inclusion Expert, an education consultancy that works with schools and educational organisations on the Pupil Premium and other Inclusion issues. The Handbook resources are inspired and influenced by our work with actual schools since the introduction of the Premium in 2011. The resources represent the best of consultancy, put together in a way which means you don’t need to pay for a consultant.

Produced by Daniel Sobel MA Ed (Psych) FRSA, CEO and Founder, Inclusion Expert

Daniel SobelDaniel Sobel is the CEO and founder of Inclusion Expert, a consultancy which offers bespoke training and support to professionals working in educational Inclusion. With a background in Educational Psychology and Psychotherapy, and as a former Assistant Headteacher, he has experience from a broad spectrum of in-school and consultancy work.

Through his consulting work he has gained a reputation for the impact and quality of his work and systems, and has become known as a pioneer in creating whole-school systems and practices for monitoring individual pupils, cohorts and whole-school results. He has consulted with the Department of Education, the Institute of Education and the Cass School of Education at the University of East London. In 2012 Daniel was highly commended at the Educational Business Awards for his outstanding insights and strategic thinking in Education. He is a featured columnist for The Guardian, and has written for the Times Educational Supplement and Optimus Education. He regularly speaks on Social Behavioural issues and Inclusion matters at national conferences.


Gary Kirkley, Consultant and Moderator, Inclusion Expert

Gary KirkleyGary Kirkley is currently working part time as an inspector, having undertaken over 10,000 lesson observations. He has been: a teacher of mathematics, music and MFL in secondary schools; a tutor in a sixth form college; responsible for art and design technology; a head teacher in a special school for primary and secondary age pupils; a quality manager and key skills coordinator for construction in an FE College; and team leader / manager for teacher training of SEN and mathematics in university. He also works as a researcher of good practice for publication, most recently on a manual on SEN and guides on KS4 Alternative Provision and E-Assessment. He trained as an inspector in 2000 across all phases and has enhanced CRB status and full Home Office clearance for secure establishments and police forces, where he delivers staff training on learning difficulties. He is a reviewer for Ofqual. He has qualifications in mathematics, teaching, counselling, SEN, assessment and management. He lives between Lancashire and Normandy. He also has extensive experience working abroad.


Susan Osborne, Marketing and PR, Inclusion Expert

Susan OsborneSusan Osborne has an extensive career in newspaper, broadcasting, marketing, public relations, policy, public affairs and communications management at the most senior levels. She has won four PR Week Awards and three Third Sector Campaigning Awards, including the national Award of Excellence, was runner-up in the NHS Inspirational Leader Award 2011, and is winner of last year’s prestigious Ashden Award for devising and developing Britain’s Greenest Hospital initiative. She has over 20 years of public sector experience, with expertise in managing strategy, teams, budgets and campaigns, and is skilled in working with trustees, media and other stakeholders including national and local politicians and opinion-formers.

She has worked with UK universities to promote world-class research; devised communication strategies for NHS Trusts; planned and implemented national public awareness campaigns for the Departments of Health and for the Department of Education where she was communications adviser for schools and also Head of Communications Strategy and Insight; she has also worked with organisers of the Golden and Diamond Jubilee celebrations, and on the preparations for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was instrumental in the successful merger of the two largest UK cancer research charities.

She is a graduate of City University, London with an MSc (Distinction) in Voluntary Sector Management and Marketing.


Kenny Wheeler – SEN, Inclusion & Leadership Consultant

Kenny WheelerIn senior leadership roles, Kenny has led SEN and Inclusion departments to Outstanding and became the lead practitioner for SEN in Bromley and consultant for Surrey. He is a qualified facilitator for NCTL Middle Leadership Development Programme and subject expert for NPQML and NPQSL. He is experienced in delivering school to school support through National Teaching Schools to raise leadership capability and improve provision for SEN pupils. Kenny is Inclusion Expert consultant in South London.


Sarah Kennedy BA Hons, PGCert SENCo, S.A.C.Dip

Sarah KennedySarah is a lead teacher, SENCO, and outstanding Inclusion Manager based in a large primary school in a deprived area. With a background as both a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and in Leadership and Management, she has led and trained schools in Emotional Health and Wellbeing as well as Gifted and Talented, Risk Assessment and Care Planning. Sarah is a respected speaker at CPD events and conferences, and is a busy consultant. Sarah represents Inclusion Expert in the Midlands.


Jane Hessami MA in Ed. CCET & Access Arrangements

Jane HessamiJane has over 30 years of experience as a teacher, trainer, curriculum language advisor and faculty head for Inclusion in both Secondary and FE sectors. Jane has delivered teacher and teaching assistant training in DDA, disability support and equal opportunities, developed partnership collaborative teaching across inner city multilingual comprehensives and has established refugee language projects for children and families. Jane has worked across local authorities as part of school improvement teams and as a SEN consultant. Jane can be found on the register of the British Psychological Society as a named tester for learners requiring specialist educational assessment for their additional needs. Jane represents Inclusion Expert in North London.


Alex Howard – Inclusion Expert Manager, Lancashire

Alex HowardAlex has significant management and marketing experience in education, press and broadcasting. Alex’s proudest achievement in his personal life was refereeing on the Cerebral Palsy 7-a-side football events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.


University of East London, Cass School of Education & Communities

UEL logoThe Cass School of Education and Communities promotes a strong research culture, supporting our reputation for innovative, supportive and responsive solutions to diverse educational needs.

The School houses three innovative and multidisciplinary research centres: the International Centre for Public Pedagogy, the International Centre for the Mixed Economy of Childcare and the Centre for Social Work Research, which engage in research and scholarship of local, national and international significance.

Specialist areas include comparative education, early childhood, special educational needs and inclusive education,  professional education, social work, teacher education and youth work.

Key Facts
  • More than 1,500 undergraduate students each year
  • Personal development plans (PDP) to ensure achievement of individual career goals
  • Our BA (Hons) Social Work is rated third in London for overall course satisfaction
  • We train more than 500 teachers every year
  • 94% of trainees completing the 2011–12 Primary PGCE were in a teaching post within six months (national average 84%)
  • 24% of trainees on the Primary PGCE in 2013 were male and 100% secured a teaching post within six months
  • We offer Subject Knowledge Enhancement Programmes
  • Postgraduate or CPD programmes may be commissioned, designed or selected in negotiation with participant groups, schools, academies and local authorities


Amos Wittenberg, Editor, Pupil Premium Handbook

Amos WittenbergAmos is a freelance researcher and online content writer. He has worked with a number of companies including the Society of Authors. He is based at the University of Cambridge.