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John D’Abbro

Head, The New Rush Hall Group

John is Head of the New Rush Hall Group, an organisation that works with children experiencing social emotional and behavioural difficulties. The Group consists of an all-age day special school, three Pupil Referral Units, an adolescent psychiatric unit, an Outreach Team and an Early Years provision.

The Group has a national reputation for the quality of the work it does and has an outstanding record in Ofsted inspections. Last November the school was judged as outstanding for the third successive Ofsted inspection.

John has been awarded an OBE for services to Special Education, is a National Leader in Education and an Apple Distinguished Educator. John has given evidence to various House of Commons Education select committees, is a member of several DfE working parties. Most recently he was a member of the DfE independent review of behaviour in schools.