BiographyAndrew Colley is a UK qualified teacher and lecturer whose subjects are special educational needs and Drama to Key Stages 4 and 5. In March 2015 he took up the post of Lecturer in Special Education at The University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities. From September 2012 to February 2015 he worked at Granta School in Cambridgeshire where he taught young people aged 14 - 19 with profound and multiple learning difficulties. In February 2013, Ofsted reported that 'pupils (at Granta School) who have profound and multiple learning difficulties make outstanding progress'. Between 2008 and 2012 Andrew worked in the Transition Phase at The Edith Borthwick School in Braintree, Essex, where he set up a dedicated centre for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties. In September 2011 Ofsted described the teaching in the centre as 'outstanding', and the curriculum as 'excellent'. In May 2011 Andrew hosted a conference at the school - Sharing Good Practice - for teachers of students with profound and multiple learning difficulties from around the UK. In 2016 Andrew completed his Masters Degree in Education with Distinction at the University of Birmingham School of Education. His research included mental health and learning difficulties, and the exclusion of young people with sld/pmld from the policy and practice of inclusive education.
Before specialising in working with young people with complex needs, Andrew taught Performing Arts at schools and colleges in the UK and at The International School of Geneva.
Between 1982 and 1985 Andrew was actor / director of the Bac to Bac Theatre in Education Company which brought the French language alive in schools, colleges and theatres all over the UK. Andrew returned to acting professionally between 2005 and 2008 when he appeared in a number of stage plays, tours and radio dramas.
On a freelance basis Andrew has worked for Creative Partnerships, the International Schools’ Theatre Association and the Education Department of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Andrew is a trustee of EQUALS (www.equals.co.uk) - a charity dedicated to improving outcomes for people with special needs, and a former trustee of The Laughter Specialists – a charity which brings specially trained entertainers into hospitals, hospices, special schools and respite centres (www.thelaughterspecialists.com).
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (sld/pmld)
Mental health and people with special needs.
Long distance walking