Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal, Inspector of Schools and Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online ‘Training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities’.
He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics. In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. His most recent book publications (with Carolyn Blackburn and Jo Egerton) focus upon Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In 2015 he co authored a book on Children with Complex Needs.
Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Portugal, and most recently in Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation he Chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities. He is currently Chairing a working group looking at the needs of Girls with ASC.
Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine. This year, (2016) he was awarded a CBE by the Queen for his work in the field of Special Educational Needs. He was created OBE in 2001 for services to children with Special Needs.