Born and brought up in Blackpool, Phil graduated from the University of Leicester before spending several years living and working in the East Midlands, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. It was here he obtained his first experience of teaching health and social care, sociology and history.
Phil returned to Blackpool in 1999 to take up a post at UCLan. He then went on to do a PGCE, which preceded a brief period spent as a supply teacher in mainstream primary schools. He then began to specialise in special education.
Phil has also spent time as a freelance writer and wrote learning materials for organisations such as the ‘Peace One Day’ organisation and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. He also has an MA in Education and now aspires to do a PhD.
Phil’s care and support for people with additional needs is also personal, as his wife has bipolar disorder and his son has autism and mental health difficulties.
• Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Disabilities
• Primary and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD)
• Mental ill-health
• Special Education
Courses I Teach
Qualifications and Accolades
• BA(Hons) Social Sciences
• PgCert Management
• PGCE Primary Education
• PgCert Learning Difficulties & Disabilities
• MA in Education (SEN & Inclusion)
My career in SEN started as a carer for Looked After Children and children/young people with conditions such as cerebral palsy and autism. Following my PGCE I began working at a school for children with severe learning disabilities.
During this time, I also became a curriculum leader for maths and history and a trainer in the moving and handling of children and young people with PMLD. I have since taught at several specialist settings, including an autism-specific school.
I am currently a distance learning tutor in autism and learning disabilities for an online college, and an author of online courses and learning materials for a variety of health and social care settings.
Teaching on the SEN Module of the Foundation Degree in Teaching and Learning Support.
B&FC puts students first, through its dedicated and professional members of staff. The team within Society, Health and Childhood are professionals, with a range of skills and knowledge to support the next generation of care givers.
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” – Friedrich Nietzsche