Dean Reilly-Sharp

Dean was a primary school teacher, SENDCo in both Primary and Secondary sector, then went on to be an advisory teacher for Virtual Schools and a Deputy Head of a Special school.

Dean Reilly-Sharp
Dean Reilly-Sharp

Dean is an Attachment and Developmental Trauma Specialist working in the Education and Social Care sector. He is leader, advisor, and consultant for private care organisations and Local Authorities.

With near 30 years of experience in range of positions, if asked Dean will always identify first and foremost as a practitioner. In 2019 he set up Sun Connections to be a Human-scale company offering relationally based trauma informed training, support and guidance for families, schools, and residential homes.

His eclectic mix of experiences and skills has resulted in a broad knowledge base. His intuitively accepting and empathic approach enables him to build an understanding of individuals and organisations. This then facilitates a dynamic and engaging training approach. Dean very much 'walks his talk'.

Dean is currently studying for an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families at Roehampton University.


2020–Present: KCA Associate Trainer

2019–Present: Director of Sun Connections

2018–2019: Consultant - Dorset County Council (now Dorset Council) Virtual School

2018–2018: Advisory Teacher - Poole (now BCP) Virtual School CiC

2016–2018: Deputy Head - Sheiling Special School Ringwood

2008–2016: SENCO of Virtual School - Dorset County Council

2006–2007: Head Teacher - Turnaround School

2006–2006: SENCO - La Mar de Carteret Secondary School, Guernsey

2005–2005: Lead Teacher - Granville House (Guernsey’s PRU)

2002–2005: SENCO - SCIPS, Penang, Malaysia

2000–2002: Curriculum Support Teacher - Patcham High School, Brighton

1997–2000: SEN Teacher / class teacher - Benfield Junior School, Brighton


DDP Level 1&2 (now working supervised at Practicum Level), 2018

National Award for SENCO’s, Exeter University , 2012

BA Primary Education with QTS 2:1, King Alfred’s College, 1996