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Dr Penny Barratt

Chief Executive, The Bridge London Trust

Dr Penny Barratt is Chief Executive of The Bridge London Trust. The Trust presently has four schools, The Bridge School caters for students with autism and/or severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties. It has a primary and secondary site catering for 186 pupils. The Integrated Learning Space caters for 15 pupils between the ages of 7 and 19 with complex needs and accompanying challenging behaviours. The Satellite Provision is a series of resource bases coming under one school. The Trust has also just taken on a Primary School in special measures.

Penny has worked in the field of special education for over 30 years, both in the USA and in England. She has held a wide variety of roles working with children and young people of all ages, in both mainstream and specialist settings.

Penny has been involved with a number of working groups at the Department of Education, she sits on the leadership group of Challenge Partners, is a co-founder of Special Schools’ Voice, and a founding trustee of the Chartered College of Teaching. She sat on an advisory panel discussing the new assessment procedures and also sat on the Teaching Assistant Standards Panel.

Penny’s doctorate focused on School Improvement and she is particularly keen to promote research and innovation in schools and share practice across schools.