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Lorraine Petersen OBE

Education & SEND Consultant, Lorraine Petersen Educational Consultancy

Lorraine worked for 25 years in the mainstream school environment as a teacher and Head Teacher. From 2004 – 2013 Lorraine was then CEO of nasen, a charitable organisation supporting all those who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Lorraine has many years’ experience of working with pupils with an array of special and additional needs and the teachers, SENCOs and support staff that work with them.

Lorraine has had hands-on experience of the issues relating to caring for and educating children with special and additional needs as well as experience in liaising with a range of organisations within a multi-agency context .

During her time as CEO of nasen, Lorraine worked on a number of projects with various agencies including the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership (formally the Teaching Agency) and UKTI. She has been a chair, keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at many national and international events and conferences that as well as a consultant for a number of national organisations.

In 2009 Lorraine was awarded an OBE for her services to education. In 2016 Lorraine became an Advocate of the Chartered College of Teaching.