"Every child, no matter how complex their needs, can achieve great things with the right teaching and support"
Jarlath O'Brien
When Jarlath says ‘Some of the young people I have worked with have gone to Cambridge; some have gone to prison’ you know he is the sort of educational leader who is all about inclusion.

Currently Director of Schools for a multi-academy trust of special schools in London. Jarlath has been a teacher for over 15 years and has worked in comprehensive and selective independent schools and in special schools for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties and moderate, severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

His approach is one that focuses on what the child can do, without forgetting the severe physical and emotional challenges the child may be facing on a daily basis. Passionately opposed to current ‘zero tolerance’ rhetoric, Jarlath’s argues children who are presenting problems in the classroom are children who need listening to, not punishing until they fall silent or disappear.
‘All negative behaviour communicates an unmet need.’ - Don't Send Him in Tomorrow

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  • Jarlath has been with Independent Thinking since March 2016 and is one of The 33

  • Jarlath's DBS number is 001494902120 issued 21st July 2015

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Feedback from recent events include:

"I just want to say a huge thank you on behalf of us all at Gateshead for your contribution to our conference. The day was a huge success and the feedback from delegates has been excellent. Your presentation was hugely motivating, interesting and passionate and your commitment to meeting the needs of all children shone through. Delegates left the conference inspired. I’m sure your presentation will make a huge difference to our children in Gateshead."

"You are truly an inspirational man and I'm so grateful my son has benefited from being under your excellent guidance for the last 3 years."

"What an amazing, caring person you are but above all else an outstanding head teacher and professional. Thank you


Parent Event

For many schools, getting parents to the school for an event is something that is only beaten in difficulty by getting the right parents to school for an event. That said, the parents who do come to our Learning and Motivation for Parents Events always head home buzzing with ideas that are not only helpful in dealing with their children but also very relevant for their own careers and personal development.

Governor Event

Being a governor is an incredibly important task these days so we are delighted when we are asked to support them in their work in all sorts of schools around the country. Apart from ensuring the event is an entertaining and enjoyable one for all, especialy as it is so often on a rainy Saturday, we make sure our input is informative, relevant, up to date and guarantees all governors go back into their schools knowing what to look for, what to do and the rights sorts of questions to ask.