Jean Gross CBE
Jean is a national expert on special educational needs and has frequently acted in an advisory capacity to the government. She was until 2011 the government's Communications Champion for children, tasked with promoting the case for better support for children with speech, language and communication difficulties. She is also chair of the Bercow Ten Years On Review of services for SLCN.
Previously, she headed the charity responsible for the very successful Every Child a Reader and Every Child Counts one-to-one tuition programmes, and was senior director within the National Strategies, responsible for work on overcoming barriers to achievement.
She is the author of numerous articles and best-selling books on SEN, including Special educational needs and school improvement (David Fulton, 2004), Beating Bureaucracy in SEN (NASEN/Routledge, 3rd edn. 2015) and Time to Talk (Routledge, 2013). She was awarded a CBE in the 2011 New Year's honours list for services to education.