Jan Sullivan is a retired Headteacher of a Therapeutic Special School for students with social, emotional and mental health issues.
She has a Master’s Degree in Primary Education and has taught for many years in Early Years, Primary and Special Education.
Jan has been an Initial Teacher Trainer for both the B.Ed QTS Primary Programme and the PGCE Primary and Secondary School Programmes.
She was part of a team who wrote, validated and then delivered a Master’s Degree in Early Years Education, and has also been a Lead Inspector for Ofsted Inspections in Nursery, Primary and Special Schools around the country.
Jan was the Headteacher in her previous role for 13 years. During that time she set up the school from its inception and guided it through Ofsted inspections to achieve Outstanding in all elements of provision.
Jan is fully committed to the inclusive nature of schools as a learning community for students, staff and families. She believes high levels of well-being promote effective learning and commitment, but the promotion of well-being does not happen by accident and cannot be secured in policy alone. Relationships of trust and respect across a school community together with the courage to ‘think outside the box’ can help a school to identify strategies that can make them truly inclusive. Jan believes this means valuing everyone’s perspectives, efforts and achievements and making sure everyone has a voice that is heard.