Chris Sweeney

Chris Sweeney BSc (Hons), PGCE, NPQH
Principal Trainer

Chris has worked with children and young people with SEN all his career.  He started working at a Playcentre for children with SEN where he decided he wanted to teach in special schools. He embarked on a degree in Psychology part time whilst working as a teaching assistant in a school for children with Autism.  This gave the opportunity to make a quality link between theory and practice.  After studying for his PGCE Chris started his teaching career in a Primary SEMH school. These formative experiences, and the (many!) mistakes Chris made shaped his philosophy today.  Since that time Chris has worked in 6 Special Schools in a variety of Leadership roles from Assistant Headteacher to Principal. Chris has worked with a wide range of SEN from Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties , SLD, MLD,  Autism , SpLD, and SEMH. He has had experience in phases of education covering  2 to 19.

Throughout this time Behaviour Management has been Chris’ passion and specialism,  with a particular focus on  understanding the motivation behind the behaviour and providing practical support and strategies to improve it. Central to Chris’ philosophy has been supporting adults to make small changes that will have a huge effect. Chris has provided training to a wide range of services always focussing on engaging his audience. Chris has attended too many death by PowerPoint presentations and can’t listen to them…. So doesn’t deliver them!

Like many people Chris started working with young people because he wanted to make a difference. What excites and enthuses Chris about Pivotal is the possibility of making a difference to a wider range of children, young people and staff.