Kerrie Whelan

Kerrie is a qualified Head Teacher (NPQH) and Executive Leader (NPQEL) who has over 25 years’ experience of working with young people who have disengaged from education.

Initially qualifying as a Special Education Needs careers adviser before deciding to focus on behaviour within school settings. Kerrie spent 15 years on the senior management team of a large, all age pupil referral unit (PRU), including working as part of a team to support the school from 'requires improvement' to secure a 'good' Ofsted grade.

Kerrie is committed to supporting students to regain their confidence in education and believe that they can be successful. After training to deliver resilience programmes of 'Learning in America', her passion for promoting positive mental health was evident in the partnerships she developed to establish a large network of mental health champions, leading to named personnel within schools who were trained to facilitate change. 

Timetabling the teaching of skills for life to enhance core curriculum subjects such as Mathematics, saw Kerrie’s work on teaching financial capability recognised when she became the lead of the first PRU in the country to achieve Centre of Excellence status, with published work including that in the field of SEND as well as resources for those not in education, employment or training.