Gemma Russell

Gemma has worked within the further and higher education sector since 2008, including as a SENCO at a college for 6 years. Gemma currently works as a specific learning disabilities tutor and an assistive technology advisor to University of Bristol. Gemma has a Msc in Education, specialising in special educational needs. 

Gemma’s interest in special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) came from growing up with a younger brother who had been physically disabled from a stroke. Gemma watched how he went through secondary education, not always receiving all of the support that he needed.

Gemma hopes that her lived experience of SEND, and her experience in working with young people in particular, can help steer the support parents and children receive.