Compassion, Courage, Creativity

Providing our young people with a creative route to the personal and professional adult life they deserve.

Support for Young People


Are you struggling with school? Finding social situations difficult to navigate? Need help finding what support you are entitled to as a young person with special educational needs? Mentoring with The SEN Expert offers you a bespoke mentoring support programme. Following an initial planning meeting we will design a mentoring package for you that fits your needs, and can take place in-person or remotely. During your weekly mentoring sessions The SEN Expert will work with you for up to 1 hour a week to provide you with the support you need. Together, you will create a plan-of-action for the following week that will support you in achieving your goals.

Diagnosis Support

Being diagnosed with special educational needs can be a challenge. However, that does not have to be the case. A diagnosis, if properly understood by all involved, can open many doors and be a life changing and positive experience. The SEN Expert will provide you and anyone else you nominate with a Diagnosis Support Session – a how-to-guide on how to lead a successful and happy life with your new diagnosis. You will be provided with a range of resources to take away and follow-up support sessions upon request.

Revision & Exam Support

Preparing for exams is challenging, especially when you have a learning difference that means you remember things differently. The SEN Expert will work with you to design ways of revising and retaining information that is linked to your needs – so that you can go into your exams happy and confident. We also offer a Exams Concession Health Check. The Health Check will ensure that you are receiving the exam concessions you deserve and that your school or college is putting everything in place to ensure you are well supported during your examinations.

Dyslexia Screening

Are you worried you may have dyslexia? Are you struggling with literacy at school? The SEN Expert offers Dyslexia Screening, providing you with a quick and simple summary of your learning needs. The screening can also be used to support your teachers, helping them to understand your areas of need, so they can create suitable teaching strategies.

Dyslexia Screening is charged on a case-by-case-basis.

Support for Parents

EHCP Services

An Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan is a legal document that describes a child or young person’s special educational, health and social care needs; explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs and how that will support the child or young person to achieve what they want to in their life.

EHC plans are for children and young people whose special educational needs require more help than would normally be provided in a mainstream education setting (e.g college, school, nursery).

Although the plan can include health or social-care needs, your child will not get a plan if their needs do not affect their education.

An EHC plan can be issued to a child or young person between the ages of 0 and 25 years.

EHC plans are drawn up by the Local Authority after an EHC needs assessment. You, your child’s educator or your child (if over 16) can ask your Local Authority to carry out an assessment.

What We Offer

Support for Schools


It is good practice to take a moment to step back and really consider if the SEN provision at your school is fit for purpose. The SEN needs of your school will change year-on-year, and so the provisions provided should change with it. The SEN Expert provides a specifically designed auditing tool that gives schools a deep dive into their current provisions and provides a series of straight-forward actions to follow, securing impact, fast. The SEN Expert will visit your school to complete the audit and provide you with a comprehensive report that is ideal for use with School Improvement Plans, Governors' Meetings and school improvement in general.

Auditing is charged on a case-by-case basis.

SENCo Coaching

Being a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) is a challenging and often isolating role. SENCos are often the only staff member with their skill-set in a school and often do not have other professionals in the same field to collaborate with. Also, the nature of SEN work can be highly emotive and SENCos need to be supported emotionally, as well as practically with the demands of their jobs. The SEN Expert provides a coaching service for SENCos. This includes 1:1 coaching sessions in-school or remotely, support via phone or email and support with networking with other SENCos and outside agencies. Coaching is great for people new to the role or for staff members who may have trained some years ago and need a refresh.

SENCo Coaching is charged on a case-by-case basis.

SEN Budget Reviews

The SEN budget system in schools and Local Authorities can be complex. The SEN Expert provides schools with a review of their SEN budget to ensure that schools are receiving the funds they are entitled to and using them in a cost effective and impactful way. The SEN Expert will have those tricky conversations with Local Authorities so you don't have to, and with extensive experience working with over 30 different Local Authorities, Charities and outside agencies, The SEN Expert can also signpost schools to additional funding that could really help your students.

SEN Budget Reviews are charged on a case-by-case basis.

Meeting Support

The SEN Expert can be hired to provide planning support and attend SEN meetings in school if required.

Meeting Support is charged on a case-by-case basis.


The SEN Expert was set up by Claire Walley in 2020 following a successful career spanning 12 years in school improvement, special educational needs, safeguarding, and the arts.

Claire has worked as a Deputy Headteacher, Assistant Headteacher, Consultant and SENCo in both state and private schools in inner-city London, the South-West, the Midlands and the USA. Claire has a First-Class Honours Degree in Fine Art, hence her creative approach to SEN.

She has also secured a PGCE in Art and Design, the NPQSL (National Professional Qualification in Senior Leadership) and the Inclusive Leadership Award.

Claire secured Gold Flagship status from the Inclusion Quality Mark at her last school.

Claire was awarded NASENCo Level 7 (The National Award for SEN Co-ordination) from Exeter University.

Claire is a Level 3 Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA).

Throughout her career, Claire has ensured good outcomes for the young people she has worked with. Be that a set of good exam grades, a placement in specialist setting or getting a part-time job.

Claire is a working mother, and understands the challenges parents face trying to ensure their children are happy and successful.

Claire and The SEN Expert team aim to provide young people with a creative route to the personal and professional adult life they deserve.

We look forward to working with you!



Principal, DLD College

I was impressed with her extensive knowledge and pragmatic approach ... she instilled confidence in both the students and teachers.


Mum, London

... a refreshingly frank, honest and no nonsense approach which was paramount in finally securing a very well thought out and structured EHCP for my son.


Vice Principal, Brixton

The quality of Claire’s planning and resources is second to none. She produced a new and detailed set of policies around SEND including a comprehensive handbook for all staff to use.


Mum, Devon

We were so lucky to have Claire. I don't think anyone could have helped us more than she did.


Teacher, London

Claire’s knowledge of the diversity and complexity of children's needs is outstanding and the mechanisms and practices she has at her disposal means she is a trusted pair of hands when it comes to everything SEND.


Mum, London

I highly recommend Claire from The SEN Expert. I was struggling with my son's EHCP and needed someone to step in and take the reins […] I feel a huge weight has been lifted and I'm really thankful to have found her!


Mum, London

Claire […] has been extremely flexible and accommodating throughout our EHCP journey, no question is too small and her speedy responses are very reassuring. Every SEN parent needs a SEN Expert like Claire.


Mum, London

Claire has been working with my daughter for six months and we have seen a huge improvement in her confidence and her school work as a result. Claire is so patient and kind and my daughter absolutely loves her.


CEO of Words First Ltd

Her workshop was outstanding - she managed to unpack some complex topics into manageable chunks while keeping us all engaged and interested.

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