BiographyDennis Piper is a Special Educational Needs Consultant, a Social, Emotional and Mental Health Specialist. He is an affiliate member of the British Psychological Society alongside membership of the National Association for Special Educational Needs, European Network for Social and Emotional Competency, The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP, USA) and International School Psychology Association (ISPA). Dennis also works as an Associate Lecturer and Academic Tutor at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and was nominated and shortlisted for the 'Best Supervisor' 2016 Teaching Award by the MMU students. He was formerly a Head teacher, Head of a primary support service, Head of Special Educational Needs and Class teacher and has worked in mainstream schools, special and inter-agency provision.
As a teacher with over 30 years of experience, in all ages from pre-school to tertiary education, Dennis has worked as a specialist in Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Physical and Health Needs and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. For example, his work within the field of Cognition and Learning has resulted in a reading intervention approach used in Secondary Schools and Children’s Homes to re-engage non-readers. His work in the field of Social Emotional and Mental Health has resulted in national and international recognition for innovation and a range of training packages to assist schools in becoming not only more child-centred and inclusive but also ‘emotional wellbeing friendly’. In October 2016, Dennis presented his research to school psychologists and teachers at the International InSPA conference at Pondicherry University, Pudicherry, Chennai, India.
As an applied researcher Dennis works to provide the bridge between academic and professional aspects of the roles of teacher and lecturer. Currently he is a member of a number of specialist groups, involved internationally in projects in the field of social and emotional learning and mental health needs. As an academic Dennis both teaches and examines for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. This is a Masters Degree level qualification introduced by the UK Government to assist in achieving the aim of ‘all teachers being teachers of pupils with special educational needs’. He will delivering two research-informed/evidence based workshops on the 'PIPER' Model at the annual MMU NASENCo conference on the 14th July 2017.
Dennis is currently part of the Local Organising Committee for the 39th International School Psychology Association (ISPA) Conference: Supporting Vulnerable Children and Young People in an Uncertain World. He will be presenting his research to an international audience as a workshop during the conference week 19th-22nd July 2017.
Dennis was born in Hong Kong and since moving to the UK has lived and worked in a number of different cities in the North of England. Currently, Dennis is completing his Doctorate in Education at Manchester University, UK.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Special Educational Needs
Social Emotional and Mental Health
Teachers' emotional wellbeing
Film and Television