The National ABI Education and Learning Syndicate (N-ABLES) was set up to identify ways to support all education professionals in gaining a minimum level of awareness and understanding about acquired brain injury and the educational requirements of children and young people with this condition.
It was established on the back of recommendations made in the All-Party Parliamentary Group for acquired brain injury’s recently-published Time for Change report. The report pointed to a widespread lack of education in this area for education professionals.
It also highlighted problems in identifying the specific educational support needs of brain injured individuals and a lack of liaison between health and education professionals.
Since its launch, N-ABLES has held several meetings with representatives of the Department for Education and is working with NASEN - the National Association of Special Educational Needs to produce a film about brain injury for newly qualified teachers.
The N-ABLES steering group includes Dr Emily Bennett, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust; Dr Gemma Costello, Head of Psychosocial Services, The Children's Trust, Tadworth Court; Baroness Morris of Yardley; Petrina Sill, CEO the Eden Dora Trust for Children with Encephalitis; Professor Nathan Hughes, Professorial Research Fellow at Sheffield University, Gill Robinson OBE, CEO, Interaction and Communication Academy Trust, Vice Chair of the Teaching Schools Council, National Leader of Education; Lisa Turan, CEO of the Child Brain Injury Trust, and Chloe Hayward, Executive Director of UKABIF.
Please click here to view or download the N-ABLES information sheet.
Please click here to view the N-ABLES group.