Richard Cosford

Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of Inclusion, and Specialist Lead in Education at Bitterne Park School

Richard Cosford

Name Richard Cosford
Job Title and Organisation Senior Assistant Headteacher, Director of Inclusion, and Specialist Lead in Education at Bitterne Park School
Introduction/Background (experience, qualifications, current work/research, etc.) I have nearly 30 years of experience working with children and young adults (ages 11 to 19) who have had varying degrees of SEN, with many having severe and complex difficulties. I have been SENCO for over 15 years and Assistant Headteacher (Learning Support) for the last 10 years.  At Bitterne Park School, I have established a multi-layered provision setting to support the high number and vast range of SEN students at the school. I have also established a Local Authority funded secondary Autism Resource Base, attached to the school, as well as a post 16 provision curriculum for young adults with SEN.

My qualifications include a Post Grad Certificate in Autism and Asperger Syndrome.

What does the ACoRNS project mean to you? I am excited to have the opportunity to be an integral part of the ACoRNS initiative. I believe that continuing research and established practise is the way forward in providing positive school experiences, educational progress and social development, and life opportunities for those on the autistic spectrum.

Working collaboratively with other educational settings will provide even more opportunities for the sharing of research in the field of autism.

Areas of interest I am interested in further developing educational opportunities for high functioning children on the autism spectrum, including creating alternative provision settings. I am also interested in research and practice in Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA).
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