‘Teachers should spend only 50% of their time in the classroom…’

…The other 50 per cent? Spend it doing CPD, argues Adam Boddison, boss of special needs charity Nasen. He tells Helen Ward about his almost accidental entry into the profession, his passion for making sure every child gets a great education and how his move into SEND was informed by his work with gifted students

Adam Boddison, chief executive of the special needs charity Nasen, must have had one of the most varied careers of anyone working in education – and he’s not yet 40.

The 36-year-old has already racked up time working as a teacher in primary and secondary, heading a teacher-training department and leading organisations working with gifted children and those with special educational needs and disabilities.

And he has done all this while obtaining a master’s degree and a doctorate, and writing resources and carrying out consultancy work.

“One of my early ambitions was to be secretary of state ...

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