Julian is the subject leader of SEN and Inclusion and the programme leader for the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination. Special areas of interest for Julian, in a teaching and research capacity, include the promotion of inclusive attitudes through professional development and school improvement. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the Northampton PATOSS group and holds an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate.
Prior to joining Northampton in 2010, Julian spent fifteen years in primary, middle, secondary and special-school classrooms in a diverse range of roles from supporting learners, as a teaching assistant, to managing provision and supporting colleagues as a teacher, SENCo and Senior Leader.
- MA in Education (Distinction), University of Northampton
- PGCE Primary, De Montfort University
- Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, University of Northampton
- OCR Level 7 Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) University of Northampton
- OCR Level 7 Certificate in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) University of Northampton
- Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (SENCo standards) University College Northampton (UCN)
- Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons), Millersville University, Pennsylvania, USA
- OCR Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
- Post-graduate Certificate in Special Educational Needs Coordination
MA in SEN and Inclusion
- Module Leader (postgraduate)
- Key Concepts of SEN and Inclusion
- Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)
BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Module leader
- Global Dimensions of Inclusion
- Comparative and International Studies in SEN and Inclusion
- Perspectives on Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties
Julian has been a researcher on two funded research projects, including ‘Success at School’, a European project which examined methods for supporting young people who were at risk of not being involved with education, training or employment. Currently, he is involved in non-funded research investigating the impact of postgraduate training for Special Educational Needs Coordinators. Julian has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations since he joined the university.
- Bramble, P., Devecchi, C. and Brown, J. (2014) Shaping the future of educational research: collaboration between academics and project managers. Paper presented to: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2014: The Past, Present and Future of Educational Research in Europe, Porto, Portugal, 01-05 September 2014. (Unpublished)
- Brown, J. and Doveston, M. (2014) Short sprint or an endurance test: the perceived impact of the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination. Teacher Development. 18(4), pp. 495-510. 1366-4530.
- Brown, J. and Bell, S. (2014) Supporting young people with dyslexia in international schools: a case study example of current provision in Southeast Asia. Support For Learning. 29(2), pp. 154-166. 0268-2141.
- Devecchi, C. and Brown, J. (2013) Perspectives on the ‘preparedness’ of teaching assistants: what gets in the way? Paper presented to: British Educational Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, 03-05 September 2013. (Unpublished)
- Brown, J. and Devecchi, C. (2013) The impact of training on teaching assistants’ professional development: opportunities and future strategy. Professional Development in Education. 39(3), pp. 369-386. 1941-5265.