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Introducing Sara Alston...

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Personal statement

" I believe that all children deserve the best from their education. After working in schools for over 30 years as a good and outstanding SEND and Safeguarding practitioner, I set up SEA INCLUSION & SAFEGUARDING to work with teachers and school leaders to  support them to achieve excellence in their SEND and Safeguarding provision."

                                                                             Sara Alston


  • Author of Working Effectively with Your TA (Bloomsbury, Feb 2023)

  • Co-author of The Inclusive Classroom (Bloomsbury, 2021) Short listed  for ERA Education Book of the Year 2022

  • Regular contributor to Headteacher Update and Teach Primary

  • Accredited Trainer with the Safer Recruitment Consortium

  • CEOP Ambassador 

  • Very experienced school leader, including roles as Deputy Head, Head of Inclusion, SENCo and Designated Safeguarding Lead

  • Multi-agency Safeguarding Trainer since 2010

  • Contributor to The Key and School Bus/ Hub4Leaders

  • Experienced worker with children with special needs in mainstream school and specialist units

  • Experienced trainer at LA level and for the National level, including roles as

    • a multi-agency trainer for Surrey Safeguarding Children Board
    • NQT Trainer for LB of Hounslow and LB of Richmond

    • an advisory teacher for humanities for LB of Lewisham

    • writer of materials for the National Curriculum Council, English Heritage and the BBC

  • Expertise in identifying needs to support effective staff deployment, development and support of effective approaches to line management and appraisal

  • Experienced in work with vulnerable pupils including Looked After Children, EAL, G&T and Travellers

  • Successful multi-agency and partnership working, including development of Partnership groups and Multi-professional Team meetings 

  • Led the development and running  of Nurture Groups

  • Expertise in writing moderation at school and LA level, including as a KS2 English moderator for Hounslow and a KS2 English SATs marker and Senior Marker.

  • Wide range of work with governors

  • Experience working with voluntary groups, including as Safeguarding Consultant to Liberal Judaism and LJY-Netzer


Member of AoCPP (Association of Child Protection Professionals),

CAPE (Child Abuse and Protection in Education) and AACOSS

(Association of Adult and Child Online Safety Specialists)

2017:            Accredited trainer with Safer Recruitment Consortium

2016:            CEOP Ambassador

2011-2012:  NPQH (NCSL)

2010:            Training the Trainers (Surrey Safeguarding Children Board)

2009-2010:  Pathways to Leadership (National College for Leadership of                        School and Children’s Services)

2007:            Post Graduate Diploma: Professional Studies in Education:                          Management of the Education of Pupils with Behaviour,                                Emotional and Social Difficulties (BESD with Distinction)                                (Kingston University)

1998:            Post graduate diploma in Primary Education (University of                             Reading)

1986-1987:  PGCE (Primary) (University of Leicester)

1983-1986:  BA (Hons.) II (i) in History (University of Leeds)


In addition to regular blogs and updates about  safeguarding and SEND legislation and guidance found on this website, Sara Alston has published a number of articles and written a number of online courses.


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