Dr Julia Lindley-Baker

Julia Lindley-Baker coordinates and teaches on undergraduate programmes in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion(SENI) across the university. Having originally trained as a special needs teacher with a focus upon the primary age range, she has taught and held senior leadership positions in a range of different settings, always with a special education focus. Julia joined the staff of Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010, following ten years as Vice Principal of a special educational needs college. Teaching Julia co-ordinates and teaches on a wide variety of modules drawing upon her knowledge and understanding of SENI. Her teaching interests include the sociology and history of special needs, pedagogy of special needs and the diverse nature of inclusive practice. She also has extensive experience of delivering inset and CPD for teachers and teaching assistants. She has delivered training locally, nationally and internationally. She is recognised as a senior fellow by the higher education academy (SFHEA).

Julia’s research background is in special education and her current research and publication interests include leadership and management, sustainable leadership and stress management within special education. Previous research has included Parents as Partners, working with disadvantaged groups, adapted learning for traveller communities, and Post 16 top up degrees for adults with special educational needs. She has experience of project management and evaluation of national training initiatives in collaboration with external partners. She has worked with local groups in developing practice in relation to the Education Health and Care Plans. This year she will be progressing research in coping with challenges and motivation. She has a strong interest in Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis as a developing research methodology.