Dr David Colley

Associate Lecturer in Child Development and SEN/Inclusion

School of Education

Role

Dr David Colley is a Senior Lecturer in Child Development and Special Educational Needs/Inclusion at Oxford Brookes University and leads the Masters level training for teachers wishing to secure the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In addition to this role, David is strand lead for the MA Education (SEND) and teaches on Undergraduate SEND modules while supervising Doctoral and Masters level dissertations. He has also acted as the external examiner for doctoral examinations at various UK Universities

David holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology, a B.Ed (Hons) with QTS, a Ph.D. in SEND and is also a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Davids career in education has included teaching children and young people with autism and complex learning needs in both primary and secondary schools and leading specialist facilities for learners with social, emotional and attachment needs. David spent five years working as the head of primary Pupil Referral Unit before managing a successful nurture group initiative on the Isle of Man for a further five years. During that time, David completed his PhD into the development of nurture groups in secondary schools, including the publication of the Boxall Profile for Young People (Bennathan, Boxall and Colley 2010). 

Current collaborative research interests include the Active Moving Education Intervention (AiM High) project, tracking social and emotional wellbeing through the Boxall Profile assessment and updating research around best practice models for nurture groups in secondary schools. Interim research findings were presented at the 2019 ENSEC International Conference in Budapest, Hungary and in 2020 Dr Colley is due to make keynote presentations at the University of the Algarve, Portugal, and the University of Bilbao, Spain.

David's SEND specialism has a focus on the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people and in 2017 the book 'Attachment and Emotional Development in the classroom' was published by Jessica Kingsley. This book has been co-edited by David and aims to support beginning teachers on Initial Teacher Training courses in understanding the emotional needs of children who have experienced a difficult start in life.

In 2018 David was invited to work with the Department for Education in Westminster as part of the Steering Group that revised the guidance for schools around the Mental Health and Behaviour of children and young people. This revised guidance now makes reference to the impotance of staff training around attachment and the need to value the wellbeing of staff.

David completed his three year tenure as Chair of the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association (www.sebda.org) from 2016-2019 and currently sits on the editorial advisory boards for both the Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties journal and the International Journal of Nurture in Education. As part of his role with SEBDA, David created two PG Certs around mental health and well being (6 modules in total) that are now delivered as Distance Learning courses by the SEBDA-Brookes partnership.

Teaching and supervision

Modules taught

  • EDUC 7039 Professional Knowledge and Understanding
  • EDUC 7037 Outcomes for learners with SEND
  • EDUC 7038 Leading and Coordinating provision for SEND
  • EDUC 7063 Intro to SEND
  • EDST 5010 Emotional Development and Attachment

External Examiner

External Examiner for Bath Spa University, York University and Dundee University

Doctoral Supervision

David supervises Doctoral students in the area of social, emotional and mental health needs

Post Graduate

David is course leader for the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination at Brookes University. This course is mandatory for all SENCOs new to the role and the University is a NASENCO approved provider. The course offers SENCOs the opportunity to gain 60 credits towards a Masters degree in Education and is delivered in both Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

MA Education (SEND)

David is strand leader for the MA Education (SEND) and created the course content for the Intro to SEND Module

Under Graduate

David also contributes to the SENDI pathway at Oxford Brookes University and leads the module 'Attachment and Emotional Development'

 

Supervision

EDD Supervision

MA Dissertation supervision

MA Dissertation External Examiner (York)

Doctoral External Examiner (Bath Spa, Dundee)

Research

 

Davids research interests focus on the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people:

 

Research and Publications

 

Year

Publication

 

Publishers

   

2019

 

Secondary Nurture Groups: models that work

 

(pending)

2017

Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom: Theory and Practice

David Colley and Paul Cooper (Eds)

Jessica Kingsley Publishing, London

2017

Models of Emotional Development (with Paul Cooper) in Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom: Theory and Practice (JKP 2017)

 

Jessica Kingsley Publishing, London

2017

Emotional Development and missed early experiences: the nurture group approach in Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom: Theory and Practice (JKP 2017)

 

Jessica Kingsley Publishing, London

2013

Beyond the Boxall Profile for Young People

T Rae with co-authors D Colley and H Stollery.

Nurture Group Network,

London

2012          

Setting up a nurture group in your secondary school Chp.8

Transforming Troubled Lives:

Visser, Daniels and Cole (Eds)

Emerald Publishing

2010

Boxall Profile for Young People

by M Bennathan, M Boxall and D Colley

 

Nurture Group Network, London

2009

Nurture Groups in Secondary Schools in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

EBD Journal Vol.14, No.4 Dec 2009

pp. 291-300

Routledge

 

Research impact

2020: Pupil progress at the Mulberry Bush School. Collaborative research project analysing school data on 65 learners over a 5 year period

2018-20: Research into best practice in secondary school nurture groups. Papers to be submitted to International Journal of Nurture in Education 2020. Interim findings presented at 2019 ENSEC Conference, Budapest, Hungary

2017: 'Attachment and Emotional Development in the Classroom' Colley, D. and Cooper, P. (Jessica Kingsley Publishing). Core text for Attachment and Emotional Development Modules

2010: publication of the Boxall Profile for Young People. Assessment tool developed from PhD research, now widely used in schools and cited in DFE documentation (eg Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools 2018)

Groups

Publications

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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • DFE Steering Group 2017/2018 - advising on the refresh of Mental Health and Behaviour in Schools (2018)
  • SEBDA Chair 2016-19 (see www.sebda.org) - Leading National Council meetings, planing and delivering National Conferences, managing EBD Journal, reporting to trustees.
  • Editorial advisory board: Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties journal
  • Editorial advisory board: International Journal of Nurture in Education. 
  • Editorial advisory board: International Journal of Emotional Education

Conferences

  • 2019 - European Network for Social Emotional Competence, Budapest Hungary
  • 2018 - Attachment Research Community - Keynote presentation
  • 2017 - SEND Conference, Oxford Brookes University UK 
  • 2017 - ENSEC Conference, Sweden
  • 2017 - SEBDA Conference, Newcastle UK
  • 2017 - Buckinghamshire SEN Conference UK

Consultancy

2020

  • University of Algarve, Portugal
  • University of Bilboa, Spain
  • English Schools Federation, Hong Kong
  • Times College, Nanjing, China

2019

  • University of the Algarve
  • English Schools Federation, Hong Kong

Further details

Dr David Colley is a Senior Lecturer in Child Development and Special Educational Needs/Inclusion at Oxford Brookes University and leads the Masters level training for teachers wishing to secure the National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination (NASENCo) in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. In addition to this role, David teaches on Undergraduate SEND modules and supervises doctoral and Masters level dissertations. He has also acted as the external examiner for doctoral examinations at various UK institutions.

David holds a B.Sc (Hons) in Psychology, a B.Ed (Hons) with QTS, a Ph.D. in SEND and is also a member of the Higher Education Academy.