Alison Thomas

0117 975 4798
amt@alisonthomas.com

Special Educational Needs

Special Children magazine

Since autumn 2011, I have been co-editor of Special Children magazine published by Optimus Education.

Together with my colleague Sophie Chalmers I have created a lively, engaging publication with a very practical slant. Aimed primarily at Sencos, it is also read by classroom teachers, teaching assistants, headteachers and other educational professionals with an interest in SEN.

When we started out, we were both new to this field. The subsequent success of our work is testimony to many long hours spent researching material, establishing a wide network of contacts, editing or co-authoring contributors' articles and polishing our own until they shine.

The result is a balanced mixture of innovative case studies, practical advice pieces, insightful book and product reviews, a pull-out classroom resource and some unsual items that offer a fresh angle on familiar themes.

Alison is an excellent editor and writer. During her three years as co-editor of Special Children magazine, Alison has been instrumental in transforming the title into a high quality, lively, unique publication. She is dedicated to creating thoughtful, engaging content and pays exceptional attention to detail. It is a pleasure to work with Alison because she cares so much about what she does and has an unwavering commitment to her readers.
Jenny Lee, formerly content manager at Optimus Education, now digital content development manager at Pearson.

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