Nicola's background is in teaching. She has over 20 years experience teaching the full needs and age range including in both mainstream and special educational needs settings from primary through to post-16. She gained her B.Ed (HONS) (English) at the University of Brighton in 1994 and her Master's degree in Inclusive Education at the University of Chichester in 2010.
Nicola has experience teaching the full breadth of learning difficulties and disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties, visual and hearing impairments and physical difficulties and has also worked as an Assistant and Deputy Headteacher in three special schools.
Nicola is passionate about developing opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities and wrote a research article based on her Master's dissertation investigating pathways for students leaving a special school. She is currently studying for her PhD exploring support systems for young people with learning difficulties within the criminal justice system.
Elson, N. (2011) Which way next? What is the real choice for students leaving a special school? Support for Learning, 26, 4, 152-159.back to top
Nicola is currently working as a Research Assistant on an NIHR School for Social Care Research funded project with Prof. Peter McGill, Dr. Nick Gore and Serena Tomlinson, exploring transition to adult social care from residential schools for young people with intellectual / developmental disabilities.back to top