Staff profile

Chris Bristow

Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Disability

Chris Bristow


Education, Childhood and SEND


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education

Research centre

Centre for Educational Research and Innovation



Senior Lecturer in SEND. 

Employment Champion and Placement lead for BA SEND undergraduates.

Trustee Discovery Schools Academy Trust.

Teaching responsibilities

  • BA Education Studies
  • MA Inclusion & SEND
  • National SENCO award

Professional interests

  • Strategic leadership and management in SEND
  • Law, policy and funding in the SEND sector
  • Social justice for children and young people with SEND

Research interests

interests focus on the social justice agenda of disability and send with a particular interest in disability from a historical context

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Agency


  • B.Ed(Hons) Children with Special Needs
  • PGCert. Socio-legal Studies in Children
  • PGCert. in Higher Education
  • MA Special Educational Needs

Recent conferences

Attended a range of conferences related to SEND reform, legal issues and SEND, preparing for adulthood.

Contributed to regional SEND Conferences re SEND inspection, Funding and SEND reform

Experience in industry

  • Head of Strategy-SEND 
  • OFSTED Inspector-SEND local Area inspection
  • Member of Local Government Association; SEND expert committee 
  • SEND consultant for strategic and financial leadership and planning
  • Senior Education Officer(SEND)
  • SEN Assessment and Commissioning service manager 
  • SEN Officer
  • SEN Teacher