Lucinda Powell sitting at a table with a notebook in front from her

Claire Sewell

Visiting Assessor

Claire has a broad spectrum of experience resulting from extensive educational practice in both mainstream primary schools and specialist provision. She has been a senior leader in both the EYFS and Primary teaching phases and has always sought to maintain her classroom practice, which contributed to her gaining an MEd in SEND and an MA in School Leadership of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

Claire has worked in higher education as an ITT mentor and later became the programme lead for the ITT School Direct programme. Claire has also been a teacher and community governor.

She recently returned from Thailand after a four-year period teaching at an international school in Bangkok where she was the Head of Learning Support, SENDCo and DDSL.

Claire is currently working part-time for Minds Ahead as their programme lead for the two MA qualifications they offer.

She is passionate in her belief that the emotional well-being of young people is of paramount importance and has always encouraged the children to be the best they can be.


Contributed to “Teaching Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities” edited by Sarah Martin-Denham (2015) -