Alex Grady has worked in education for more than 25 years, teaching children and young people with SEND and working on teacher professional development. Starting as a primary class teacher and then becoming a SENCO. Alex has run a dyslexia centre, been teacher-in-charge of a language resource base for children with Specific Language Impairment and supported Looked After Children and their carers. Alex was an SEN advisor for a Learning Support Team in a local authority and was Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. Her last role prior to nasen was teaching in and leading the outreach service for a special school federation, and was an SEN governor for ten years, with four years as Chair. Alex worked as an Education Officer for nasen for four years and is currently Head of Whole School SEND, leading on their DfE-funded schools’ workforce development contract and EEF trial of the Whole School SEND Review.