Mr Peter Harwood

Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion Studies

Email address: Phone number: 01902 328721 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Education and Inclusion Studies, Special Needs.


Peter joined the University of Wolverhampton in January 2016 having had a thirty two year career in education and inclusion as a teacher, leader, senior manager and commissioner. Most recently he worked as Head of Special Educational Needs with responsibility for statutory assessment and Higher Needs provision commissioning in two local authorities, Worcestershire County Council [2013 – 2015] and Birmingham City Council [2008 – 2013] In these roles Peter was responsible for the statutory assessment processes, Higher Needs Budget allocation and the commissioning, monitoring and evaluation of specialist provision.

Peter spent the majority of his career in the Further Education [FE] sector working as Regional Director for the West Midlands for the learning and Skills Development agency,[1998 – 2002] as a Curriculum Manager, Director of learning, Deputy Principal and briefly acting Principal in three large midlands colleges. In these roles Peter was centrally involved in change management, merger, inspection and quality improvement as well as taking a lead in relation to provision for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities [SEND]. Peter has a particular interest in the implementation of the new SEND code of practice, integration of education, health and care for young people over the age of 19 and the ways in which learner and parent/carer voice can better be engaged.


Master of Arts [MA] Film and Television Studies for Education, University of London, Institute of Education - 1989.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education [PGCE], Bristol University School of education - 1984.

BA [Hons] Upper Second [2:1] Humanities, [English and Communication Studies], Bristol Polytechnic [Now University of the west of England] - 1983.

Previous professional experience

Senior Lecturer in Education and Inclusion studies – From January 2016 to Present.

Group Manager for Special educational Needs and disabilities, Worcestershire County Council - July 2013 to December 2015. 

Head of Special Educational Needs Assessment and Review, Birmingham City Council - September 2011 to June 2013.

Senior Adviser for 14 – 19 quality development, Birmingham City Council - July 2008 to August 2011.

Deputy Principal Curriculum and Quality, City College Birmingham -  2006 to 2008.

Director of Learning, Northampton College Northampton - 2002 to 2006.

Regional Director for the West Midlands - 1999 to 2002.

Curriculum Development Manager, North Warwickshire and Hinckley College, Nuneaton, Warwickshire - 1994 to 1999.

Senior Lecturer/ Faculty Client’s Officer, Chelmsford College of Further Education, Chelmsford, Essex - 1992 to 1994.

Various teaching posts in English, Media and Drama - 1984 to 1992.