Chris Sweeney

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

Chris has always worked with children and young people; his early experiences at a Playcentre for children and young adults with SEN gave him the opportunity to work with 2 – 24 year olds. From there he worked as a Teaching Assistant in a special school for children with Autism. It was here that he decided his career lay in teaching. Continuing as a TA, he went to university part time and completed a degree in Psychology, followed by a PGCE and then began teaching; initially in the field of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Chris has been hugely privileged to have worked as a Teacher, Senior Teacher, Assistant Headteacher, Headteacher and School Principal in a variety of settings. Working with both mainstream students aged 2 to 19,  and a wide range of SEN behaviours, including Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties, Severe and Moderate Learning Difficulties,  Autism and Communication difficulties, Social Emotional and Mental Health and Specific Learning Difficulties. Latterly he has also worked as a consultant Senior Leader on an interim basis for a variety of schools. His extensive experience covers both day and residential environments.

Chris has worked with Pivotal for 10 years, broken up by a period of returning to full time Headship. Behaviour Management is Chris’ passion and specialism, with a particular focus on understanding the motivation behind the behaviour and providing practical support and strategies to improve it. Like many people Chris started working with young people because he wanted to make a difference. One of the things Chris loves about working with Pivotal is the opportunity to have a wider impact on children, young people and adults across the UK as this so aligns with his own values.

Chris has provided training to a wide range of services, always focusing on engaging his audience. Chris is an excellent public speaker, and delivers keynotes on Leading Behaviour Change, Leading Behaviour from the Middle and more besides to large numbers of delegates.  In his time, Chris has attended too many death by PowerPoint presentations and can’t listen to them…. So doesn’t deliver them!

Key Areas:

  • Behaviour (Leading Behaviour Change as well as individual support for complex behaviours)
  • SEND
  • Motivation and Coaching

This was the best training course I have attended in ages. Inspirational and thought provoking. Christ was interactive and easy to relate to. Chris made the topic very interesting throughout. Definitely helpful in my role. I think this should be essential training for all staff to complete and to update on every few years. Fantastic training.”

Jenny White, Warwickshire College


“Chris’s approach and style are absolutely amazing. He is energetic, he knows how to engage his listeners and he uses varied and interesting materials. Chris is a true professional!”

Alina Cincan, College of North West London