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What are the signs to look for, how do you get a diagnosis and what can you do to help your child thrive at school?


Jonathan Hetherington Jonathan became Headmaster at More House School, Frensham, in 2015, having spent the past eleven years teaching in the field of special educational needs.

More House School provides Ofsted Outstanding day and boarding education for 480 boys aged eight to eighteen who are intelligent, but thrive in a specialist environment because of Specific Learning Difficulties, Speech and Language disorders, and associated special educational needs.

Jonathan holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Southampton, and Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of Leicester.  He completed the Graduate Teacher Programme with the University of Southampton and holds Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). 

A keen church-bell ringer, Jonathan is the Ringing Master and Tower Captain at St Andrew’s, Farnham. Married to Lizzy, also a teacher and, with two young children, Jonathan is also a governor at Treloar’s School and College, Alton, which provides high-quality education and care to children and young people with physical disabilities.

Charlotte PhillipsCharlotte Phillips has been an education consultant and writer for The Good Schools Guide for more than a decade. An Oxford graduate and a former teacher (she was a music specialist at a South West London prep school for ten years), Charlotte consults on mainstream and special education both in London, where she lives, and beyond.

She has also written on education and family life for The Telegraph, Times and Guardian, among others.

Her three children, one with SEN, have taken very different educational paths, attending 12 different schools between them with one child home educated through GCSEs. All have ended up doing well. "The only thing that matters", she says, "is whether a school is right for a particular child, something that glowing exam results and fabulous facilities won’t necessarily tell you. Getting the right school for the right child is endlessly satisfying."

Jo PettyJo Petty is director of the Dyslexia Teaching Centre. She trained originally as a speech and language therapist but has extensive experience with children and adults with dyslexia and special education needs.

The centre has been at the forefront of full spectrum SEN support in central London for decades.

Jo is one of the most experienced SEN therapists in the country with a lifetime's career in the sector.