University of Hertfordshire

Ms Lynn Bhania

Lynn Bhania

Ms Lynn Bhania

Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom

Overview

Lynn leads on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in the School of Education, teaching on both the undergraduate programmes and the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Lynn’s specialist subject area is autism and she runs short courses and workshops on autism awareness. As part of her focus on SEND Lynn has instigated opportunities for assessed school based training in special schools for students undertaking the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree programme. Together with a team of colleagues from the School of Education, Lynn worked with colleagues in the Ministry of Education Malaysia and two Institutes of Teacher Education in Malaysia to develop a BEd degree programme for initial teacher training for a cohort of 120 students from Malaysia between 2006-2009. Her current projects include running a knitting club for University staff and students and members of the community and in 2014 she took part in a funded learning project called Crafting Change Together, where a class of 10 year old children learnt to knit, and then worked with senior citizens to make scarves, and to yarn bomb trees in the school grounds. Lynn is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and in 2015 she was highly commended for the Excellence in Community Engagement Vice-Chancellor's Award.

Lynn’s background is in school teaching and she taught for 35 years in secondary schools, primary special schools and an all age school run by the National Autistic Society, where her posts have included those of deputy head and head teacher. Her subject areas included secondary Science, all age autism (for the National Autistic Society) and primary severe and complex learning needs. In 1998, Lynn received the Physics Institute Excellence in Primary Science Award.

Expertise 

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with autism as a specialist subject area.

 

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