Barney studied A Levels in Psychology, Philosophy, English Literature and Music Technology from Cirencester College in 2012, before going on to attain a 2:1 BA in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Sussex in 2016. He then spent the last three years working with young people with complex needs in a variety of settings; he spent the first year working at an SEN provision in Brighton supporting 19-25 year olds with a range of SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), and has spent the last two years working as both a Teaching Assistant and a Higher Level Teaching Assistant with students with ASD, ADHD, Dyslexia and SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) needs at a mainstream secondary school in Hackney. Both roles have involved working both in groups and 1-to-1 with young people with often very challenging behaviours.
In addition to providing in-class support in all subjects up to Year 9 level, Barney has run a range of bespoke interventions for students including Literacy, handwriting, touch-typing, spelling patterns for Dyslexia and Zones of Regulation (a Speech & Language Therapy programme designed to promote emotional regulation in students). He has also provided pastoral support for students struggling with SEMH issues, and understands deeply the challenges young people can face. Through this work, Barney has gained valuable insight into how to effectively differentiate school work at a range of levels to make it accessible for young people with a variety of complex additional needs and mental health issues, and also to support them to strive towards confidence and independence in both their academic and personal lives. Furthermore, his most recent role as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Hackney has involved working closely with external agencies and parents to ensure the best provision is in place for children with a range of needs.