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Julian is the Subject Leader of SEN and Inclusion and has been the Programme Leader for the National Award in Special Educational Needs Coordination for the past six years. Special areas of interest for Julian, in a teaching and research capacity, include the promotion of inclusive attitudes through professional development and school improvement. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the National Executive of PATOSS, a Trustee for the Skylark Partnership (a multiacademy trust) and holds an SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate. He conducts assessments for Disabled Student Allowance.

Prior to joining Northampton in 2010, Julian spent fifteen years in primary, middle, secondary and special-school classrooms in a diverse range of roles from supporting learners, as a teaching assistant, to managing provision and supporting colleagues as a teacher, SENCo and Senior Leader.


  • MA in Education (Distinction), University of Northampton
  • PGCE Primary, De Montfort University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education, University of Northampton
  • OCR Level 7 Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) University of Northampton
  • OCR Level 7 Certificate in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) University of Northampton
  • Certificate in Professional Studies in Education (SENCo standards) University College Northampton (UCN)
  • Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons), Millersville University, Pennsylvania, USA
  • OCR Level 4 Award in the External Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice
  • OCR Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice



Julian has been a researcher on two funded research projects, including ‘Success at School’, a European project which examined methods for supporting young people who are at risk of not being in education, training or employment. Currently, he is involved in non-funded research investigating the impact of postgraduate training for Special Educational Needs Coordinators and the Northampton Town Education Challenge. Julian has supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations since he joined the University of Northampton.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, University of Northampton

PGCE, De Montfort University

1 Sep 19971 Jul 1998

External positions

External Examiner, Liverpool Hope University

1 Sep 20171 Sep 2021

External Verifier

1 Aug 20131 Aug 2018

External Examiner, University of Birmingham

1 Mar 20131 Nov 2017

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Projects 2019 2019

Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Brown, J., Aidonopoulou, T. & Steventon, J.


Project: Internal FundBig Ideas Fund

Research Output 2012 2014

Shaping the future of educational research: collaboration between academics and project managers

Bramble, P., Devecchi, C. & Brown, J., 3 Sep 2014.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

educational research
research project
special educational needs

Supporting young people with dyslexia in international schools: a case study example of current provision in Southeast Asia

Brown, J. & Bell, S., 9 Jun 2014, In : Support for Learning. 29, 2, p. 154-166 13 p., 2.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticle

Open Access
Southeast Asia
best practice

Parent Empowerment: Examining Parental Attitudes of School Systems

Brown, J., 7 Jun 2013, : The International Handbook of Cultures of Education Policy: Comparative International Issues in Policy-Outcome Relationships: Achievement with Family and Community Involvement. Boufoy-Bastick, B. (ed.). France: Analytrics , Vol. 1. p. 1-16 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to Book/ReportChapter

school system
government policy

Perspectives on the 'preparedness' of teaching assistants: what gets in the way?

Devecchi, C. & Brown, J., 1 Sep 2013.

Research output: Contribution to ConferencePaper

Open Access

Responding to Diversity in Schools: An Inquiry-Based Approach - Edited by Susie Miles & Mel Ainscow

Brown, J., 15 Oct 2012, Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 12, 4, p. 266-267 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to Specialist PublicationReview


Activities 2017 2019

  • 1 Participating in a conference or workshop
  • 1 Membership of board
  • 1 Oral presentation

Institute of Learning and Teaching conference

Julian Brown (Participant)
18 Jun 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising a conference or workshopParticipating in a conference or workshopTeaching

Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (External organisation)

Julian Brown (Member)
1 Jun 20181 Sep 2020

Activity: Membership of a Board, Committee, Council or NetworkMembership of boardResearch

Student Perspectives of Inclusion – a Case Study of One Higher Education Institution

Una Lodge (Speaker), Julian Brown (Speaker)
22 Aug 2017

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch