Staff Profiles

Dr David Colley

Senior Lecturer in Child Development and SEN/Inclusion

School of Education

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr David Colley

Phone number: +44 (0)1865 488520



David Colley took up his post as Senior Lecturer in Child Development and SEN/Inclusion at Brookes University in September 2015, following a career teaching children and young people with a variety of learning needs.

David’s experience includes teaching in mainstream primary and secondary schools, managing in special unit settings (autism, severe learning difficulties) and leading specialist facilities (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). 

David is currently Chair of the Social Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties Association ( and sits on the editorial advisory boards for both the Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties journal and the International Journal of Nurture in Education.

In August 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.