Ian Bean is an Independent Special Needs ICT Consultant and Trainer. For many years, Ian was the ICT teacher and curriculum coordinator at Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough which is internationally recognised as a model for best practice in the use of ICT to support teaching and learning for students with severe and complex difficulties including Autism. His leadership of teaching with technology won the school many local, national and international awards. The popular Priory Woods web site which Ian designed and ran for many years still welcomes millions of visitors each year from across the globe.
Ian left Priory Woods to lead the Information Team at Inclusive Technology in the UK where he was responsible for delivering training and consultancy to hundreds of schools around the world. While at Inclusive, Ian worked closely with development teams to help design much of Inclusive’s software output over the last seven years. This includes titles from the ‘Big Bang’, ‘Switch Skills’, ‘Target and Touch’ and ‘Maker’ series, each design underpinned by best practice research Ian carried out in schools and colleges. Ian now runs a successful independent consultancy providing high quality training and support to schools and other organisations involved in the education of children and adults with special educational needs. A major ambassador for technology and special educational needs, both in the UK and abroad, Ian is hugely respected for his work which has made a significant and lasting contribution to the understanding of the use of technology with children and young people with complex needs.