Directory of Independent Northamptonshire Specialist Services for Schools

treeTimes have changed. More choices and responsibilities have been devolved to schools. But when it comes to making decisions about specialists to work with you, your staff or students – where do you start? That is what Independent NEST is all about. We are an umbrella group of independent specialist services who have come together to assist you in finding the services you need – easily. We are people that you know and can trust – working and being commissioned by schools throughout Northamptonshire. We have the freedom and flexibility to do the type of work that your schools and settings really need. Have a look through our directory of services, and find the professionals who will work together with you to provide the solutions that you are seeking.

Listed below are links to a range of independently operated services that operate within the county. Click on the links you are interested in for more information, or contact the organisation using the details supplied.

Find out more about Independent NEST by watching this presentation:

Click the Training Titles above to see the latest courses and training packages from our independent services.



Star SEN offers services to help schools and parents identify and support students with Special Educational Needs.

Sharn English offers assessments, consultation and training for dyslexia, dyscalculia and language difficulties.

Stephanie Rumney Consultancy

Independent professional support for primary schools and parents dealing with Specific Learning Difficulties (such as dyslexia)


Phone: 07974 378350


Sue Tomalin is a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and specialises in literacy learning and literacy difficulties.  ReReading offers literacy assessments and full diagnostic dyslexia assessments as well as training for schools and clusters aimed at narrowing the gap for struggling literacy learners.



Office: 01832 731375


We work with adults and young people to improve attitudes, behaviours and mind-sets that will improve relationships and empower individuals to be the leader of change.

Mental Toughness is our most popular programme but we also deliver training and school improvement projects, including; Behaviour Management, Growth Mind-set, Peer Mentoring and Student Leadership.

Autism Know How is passionate about enabling people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions to reach their potential.
We offer advice, bespoke training and support to any setting interested in or supporting people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions


Target Autism offers consultation and bespoke training to schools, colleges, universities, health services, private care homes, and a variety of other public sector organisations. Ron Fortuna and Angela Capper are both trained to deliver ADOS assessments, and may be able to help undiagnosed children onto the diagnostic pathway. Download our brochure  for more details:


Mandy Higgs

Formerly employed by Northamptonshire County Council’s Autistic Spectrum Team as an advisory teacher, I now offer an independent advisory service to schools, families and other professionals.


Consultant Specialist Teacher for Children and Young People with Physical or Co-ordination Difficulties

Clare Pearce   or   07512665650

Download Brochure Here:


Philip Whitaker, Educational Psychologist – formerly working for NCC , is offering a variety of services. For more information, see his website at :



Brighter Future Behaviour and Well-Being


Carole Harris, John Padwick and Nicola Thomson are experienced practitioners (Teachers, Behaviour Consultants, Counsellor and Therapist) formerly working for Northamptonshire education support services.

We offer holistic and innovative approaches to support pupils, parents and schools on a range of behaviour and well-being issues.

Carole Harris  –      Mobile : 07842 945882     email:

John Padwick –     Mobile: 07581 210454       email:

Nicola Thomson – Mobile: 077940 23316      email:


 ARC (All Round Care)

Lucy Beesley

Tel: 07572413199


I have many years’ experience working within Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. My expertise includes writing and delivering systems that integrate Family support / Behaviour and Attendance within Educational environments. An approach that is fully committed to supporting Children’s well-being and Mental Health in order to support their access to learning within the classroom and beyond.

  • Packages for the care of Children, Staff and families within your Community.
  • Raising Safeguarding standards that exceed the requirements of Ofsted.
  • Developing Community Cohesion and Parental Involvement.
  • Adult Support & Supervision.
  • Managing change and staff wellbeing.


Ellie Collar – Early Years Specialist

I am an Independent Consultant, able to offer a range of assessments, programmes and interventions to schools, preschools and families to identify and address children’s underlying difficulties within these earliest building blocks to learning whatever the child’s age: whether a young child needing support to overcome developmental delay, or an older child with an uneven developmental profile where one or more areas of development may be immature or left behind.

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