Qualifications and Recent Employment

Mark Barber, PhD

Special Educator

Consultant in Profound Learning Disability

and Severe Communication Impairment

Contact address: PO Box 2477, Melbourne 3001, Victoria

Email: drmarkbarber@hotmail.com

Date of birth 27 March 1958
Nationality British / Australian
Australian Visa Status Citizenship given, May 2006

Academic Qualifications

2000 Ph.D. Psychology & Intellectual Disability Manchester Metropolitan University
1990 Advanced Diploma in Special Education Manchester Polytechnic & University of Manchester
1979 Certificate in Education [awarded by Leeds University]

NB I have full teaching Registration in Victoria and UK

Employment Australia 2003 – current

Arrived in Australia March 1st 2003. Granted ‘Skilled Migration Visa’ by Australian Migration Services.

December 2011-current Part time Academic Staff, Deakin University, School of Education, Centre for Partnerships and Projects in Education, Melbourne Victoria
April 2006 - current Leading Teacher [Teacher Mentor & Intensive Interaction Coordinator] Bayside Special Developmental School, Moorabbin, Melbourne Victoria 3189
Sept 2005-April 2006 Consultant Teacher Red Hill Special School, Red Hill, Brisbane
6 month position to develop teaching strategies and communication approaches profound intellectual and multiple disabilities [taking leave from Bayside SDS position; see below]
March 2005 – Sept 2005 Leading Teacher [‘Intensive Interaction’ Coordinator] Bayside Special Developmental School, Moorabbin, Victoria 3189
Sept 2003-March 2005 Teacher Mentor Bayside SDS Moorabbin Vic 3189. Supporting and working with teachers to develop and refine teaching strategies and awareness of communication and cognition issues. This time position also involves conducting a 1 yr research project examining the results of Intensive Interaction, as well specific PD for teachers in the approach and curriculum development. NB Merit and Equity Training Completed Sept 04 [2/5 part time]
August 2003 -current Freelance Consultant and Lecturer in Profound Intellectual Disability and Severe Communication Impairment
April 2003 Awarded full registration as a teacher in Victoria
March 2003-Aug 2003 Requested to tour Australia by Australian Group on Severe Communication Impairment, presenting seminar days to Special Educators, Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and I.D. professionals

Employment UK 1992-2003

(leading to migration to Australia)

Dec 2001 – Feb 2003 Tutor and lecturer, University of Manchester, Department of Education Support and Inclusion, also writing Distance Learning Units for PIMD/MSI Courses at MSc., Post Graduate Diploma and Undergraduate Level, and MSc Dissertation supervision
Nov 2002 Requested by The British Council and Universidad Nacional de La Plata to make 14 day visit to Buenos Aires and La Plata, Argentina, to work with teachers, Principals, parents, education administrators, and neurologists. The visit also included presenting 4 days of seminars on special education, teaching pedagogies, and inclusion
Oct 2001 Awarded Research Fellowship by University of Manchester
Sept 1999 – Sept 2001 Short Course Tutor Department of Education Support and Inclusion University of Manchester [2/5 part-time]
Senior Teacher Melland School [SDS equiv.] [3/5 part-time]
Sept 2000–Sept 2001 Manager of PIMD Department, In-Service Training Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator for Early Cognition & Communication Curriculum, Senior Teacher [with ‘Threshold’], Melland School, [SDS Equiv] Manchester. This position included the management and inclusion of 3 classes of pupils with Profound Intellectual & Multiple Disability [PIMD] across the school. Additional responsibility for the delivery of In-Service Training to teaching and support staff throughout the school. The post also involves liaising with Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy, and Advocacy services to pupils with PIMD/MSI. [part-time 3/5]
Sept 1992-Sept 2000 Senior Teacher and Co-ordinator for pupils with profound and multiple disabilities [PIMD], Co-ordinator for Early Cognition and Communication Curriculum, Melland School, [SDS Equiv] Manchester. 11-18 year old pupils with severe - profound learning disabilities. [Manchester Education Committee)

NB Further details available on request

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