Sheila Mulvenney

Sheila Mulvenney
Sheila Mulvenney

During her career in Health, Care and Education Sheila has worked in a wide variety of settings and roles in the Community, schools, colleges (where she taught on the social work and care management courses) and several local authorities.

In addition to working directly with children, young people and families she has in many roles been responsible for developing and delivering training programmes for teachers and school staff, social workers, other social care professionals and parents and carers. The topics have included all aspects of parenting and caring, mental health and resilience, attachment, trauma and child development, as well as behaviour, special educational needs and inclusion.

Sheila has also worked in a number of different Virtual Schools for children in care as consultant, deputy head and head and continues to do this on an interim basis. Her book, Overcoming Barriers to Learning' was published in 2017 and she has had articles published in the TES and Guardian.


  • Feb 2020 – Feb 2021: Interim Inclusion Support Manager Brent
  • 2019–2020: Specialist Education Adviser, post-LAC, LB Brent
  • 2018–2019: Interim Deputy Head Teacher, Virtual School, LB Brent
  • 2016–2017: Head Teacher, Virtual School, LB Lambeth
  • 2015–2016: Executive Head Teacher, Virtual School, Southend-on-Sea
  • 2015–2015: Consultant to Virtual Schools, Bedford and LB Lambeth
  • 2014–2014: Tutor, Medical Needs Team, LB Barnet
  • 2010–2013: Virtual School Head Teacher, Milton Keynes LA
  • 2007–2010: Inclusion Support Officer, Bedfordshire
  • 2006–2007: Liaison Manager, Behaviour Improvement Project, Bedfordshire
  • 2005–2006: SENCO, Oak Bank School (SEMH), Leighton Buzzard
  • 2004–2005: Head Teacher, Sedgemoor College, Bedford
  • 1990–2004: Lecturer/Course Leader,Care Management, Bedford College
  • 1987–1990: Registered Childminder
  • 1984–1987: Health Visitor, Bedford Health Authority
  • 1981–1983: Staff Nurse, Bedford Hospital


  • CELTA, English Language House, 2012
  • Mentor Training/Training the Trainers, Liverpool Excellence University Partnership, 2006
  • PGCE, Greenwich University, 2002
  • Assessor and Verifier Awards D 30 - 33, Bedford College, 2002
  • BA (Honours), Open University, 1988
  • Registered Health Visitor, Stevenage College, 1983
  • RGN, RVI Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1981


  • Overcoming Barriers to Learning – Worth Publishing, Duffield, 2017