Jeannette Bidder B.A. Hons. (Durham), P.G.C.E. (Distinction), Adv.Dip.SpLD
Experienced Consultancy and Training for Special Educational Needs
and Disabilities (S.E.N.D.) in Education.
Thank you for visiting my website. I delight in offering total commitment, twenty-nine years' teaching experience and wide expertise in the support of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across a range of settings in England. This includes supporting family applications for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), advising school leaders and SENCOs, providing staff training at all levels, school management, working with many learning differences - for pupils, families and all types of schools - this is my passion and I believe that collaboration is key. I often act as Parent Advocate when families are seeking to secure an appropriate EHC Plan and when parents are appealing to the SEND Tribunal.
When working as an independent adviser for parents, I focus to meet pupils' learning needs and advise on strategies to apply, as part of interventions in termly Individual Educational Plans as well as in Education, Health and Care Plans - for lifelong learning.
Does Your Child Have Complex Needs That Require Assessment for an EHCP Application?
(Education, Health & Care Plan)
I work to draft applications for an EHCP from scratch - with and for families - making best use of expert reports and often supporting the whole process throughout. This is usually a demanding period for families of 20 weeks and often much more, so that a friendly, supportive working relationship is developed and provided. My role is advisory but varies hugely from family to family, for children with exceptional special educational needs. This usually includes liaising closely with schools, local authorities and a significant number of experts such as therapists and educational psychologists, to secure best outcomes for each child or young person.
If parents wish to appeal against a local authority's refusal to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan or with regard for an existing EHCP (to the SEND Tribunal), I work with parents and school, offering an experienced multi-agency approach. Of course, each child or young person's case is unique and is valued as such, with an awareness of the need for clarity and informed choices for "next steps."
A Sample of Parent Reviews
Mrs J. S. from Battle, wrote:
"Jeannette worked tirelessly to support our son and us. The journey to finally being awarded our EHCP (and specialist school placement) was harrowing, emotional and exhausting. Jeannette provided us with the most professional service all the way through. The advice, support and encouragement was second to none. I was able to contact her whenever I needed to and she always found time to talk us through the next steps. At the very centre of her core, Jeannette is motivated to do the right things for these young people. To give them what they need and deserve. Her compassion and understanding surrounding SEN issues was incredible. We will always remain grateful to an incredible human being who is fantastic at her job."
Mrs C.W. from Pevensey, wrote:
"I cannot recommend Jeannette highly enough. She advocated for us every step of the way through a very complex appeal against an EHCP that wasn’t fit for purpose. Her knowledge and experience of SEND is superior, her dedication and commitment second to none. Our appeal happened during a very difficult time in our family life and Jeannette was so kind, caring and supportive to us all on the challenging and anxious journey of appeal to tribunal. We just couldn’t have got through the process without her. Amongst many other things Jeannette rewrote our daughter’s EHCP and as a result of her very hard work we had a hugely successful tribunal and were awarded exactly what we needed to improve our daughter's education and care. Two years on, and we have had a massive turnaround in our daughter's progress, and she is achieving so much. I truly believe this wouldn’t have happened without Jeannette’s expertise.
Miss D. (parent) and Mrs D. (grandparent) from East Sussex, wrote:
"We cannot recommend Jeannette highly enough. She was not only professional in her advice but a friend who gave us very much needed support. We have worked with Jeannette over the last three years. She has helped us to get our two boys their EHCPs that are fit for their needs. She has secured specialist schools for both of them. Without Jeannette, we would not have achieved either of these things. Her knowledge and understanding of the SEN system was key. Jeannette is professional and shows empathy and always gives above and beyond what you would expect. We cannot recommend Jeannette highly enough."
Mrs A.P. from East Sussex, wrote:
"I cannot recommend Jeannette highly enough. Our daughter was really struggling to cope at school during a period of severe anxiety. She has Sensory Processing Disorder and Autism and was struggling to stay in lessons and concentrate at school. Jeannette was so encouraging and helped us to develop strategies which the school could use to support her. Her practical approach gave us the confidence to ask for the right support and to help her at home as well. Jeannette's enthusiasm and dedication are very clear and I would recommend her to anyone who has a child struggling at school and needs extra support."
Mrs T.A. from Telscombe Cliffs, wrote:
"I have worked with Jeannette for several years, following a SEN diagnosis for my son who was struggling at school. Jeannette was extremely helpful in giving me clear and honest SEN advice and amazing support in applying for an EHCP which the school Senco had advised me was a pointless exercise to even apply. The EHCP was finally granted at the last minute by the LA, on the day before our Tribunal Hearing. Jeannette is a great support and has a huge wealth of experience and expertise to guide parents through the SEN/EHCP process."
A Sample of Services:
As a former Headteacher of three prep schools, I am able to offer expertise and support for families and pupils of all ages - Nursery to Sixth Form - in local authority and independent schools, as well as special school settings.
Having worked with nineteen local authorities in England over the years, mine is a wide experience-base and I hold the Advanced Diploma in Teaching Children with Specific Learning Difficulties. As a former Leading Literacy Teacher for Lancashire Authority and former SEND Adviser to independent schools, I am committed to sharing best practice and practical approaches for each pupil's best outcome, independence and potential. More background information is available via the tab, "About Me."
Please see below for further informal support and information:
Bracknell Forrest, Buckinghamshire, Cambridge, Camden, East Sussex, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hampshire, Haringey, Kensington & Chelsea, Kent, Kingston Upon Thames, Lambeth, Lancashire, Lewisham, Liverpool, Merton, Richmond, Surrey and Wandsworth.
A SCHOOL RECOMMENDATION:
Headmaster, Eaton Square School, London
"Jeannette Bidder has worked with Eaton Square School for several years, bringing a wealth of experience in areas of SEND and Safeguarding to both staff and parents. She has been involved with all age groups within the school from Nursery to Year 8, guiding and supporting whenever needed; her advice has been invaluable."