About me

My name is Caroline Irwin and I have over 25 years of teaching experience in both mainstream and special schools, including residential provision.

I began my teaching career in mainstream secondary comprehensive schools on the outskirts of London and later in Hampshire and from the beginning, I had a strong focus and interest in special education, equality and inclusion.

I have taught in two outstanding special schools, and have also been Head of Care for an outstanding residential provision within one of these. 

I have many years of leadership experience and hold the National Professional Qualification for Headship. 

My specialisms within SEN are Autism, ADHD , social and emotional difficulties and related behaviour challenges, Dyslexia and the teaching of English and Drama. However, I am also very experienced alongside this in working with pupils with severe, profound and multiple learning disabilities and in complex medical needs. 

I have an excellent track record of supporting students to achieve the highest academic standards as well as developing their life and independence skills.

I have supported students, their family members, carers and teachers to share my high expectations, to gain access to services and to overcome everyday challenges through coaching and mentoring.

In addition to my professional experience, I have 'lived experience' which included the EHCP (then Statement of SEN) process, tribunal, benefits claims, social care, CAMHS and transition to adulthood. I believe that his adds to my empathy, knowledge and understanding. I have completed training with IPSEA in SEN Law Level 1 to Level 3.

Whether you are someone with a specific learning difficulty, a parent looking  for support or advice for your child or for yourself; a school, employer or care provider, I hope that you will find a service that I offer to meet your requirements. 

Please explore my website and make contact so we can have a free no-obligation conversation.


BA English & Drama (Manchester University)

PGCE (The Open University)

MA SEN Equality and Inclusion (The Open University)

Postgraduate Advanced Diploma in Language and Literacy

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies: SENCO

Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Studies: Difficulties in Literacy Development

National Professional Qualification for Headship

AMBDA (British Dyslexia Association)

Certificate in Coaching (University of West of Scotland)

Memberships and Licences

Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association

Assessment Practising Certificate (APC)

I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate