COMING SOON: 'Enhancing wellbeing and independence for young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties: Lives Lived Well.'  (Routledge, 2021) 


'Inclusion is Dead; Long Live Inclusion'.


Personalised Learning for Young People with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers on June 28th 2013. Order a copy on Amazon or via Jessica Kingsley Publishers Ltd.



Andrew Colley was from 2015 - 2019 Senior Lecturer in Special Education at The University of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities.  He is currently a part-time post graduate student at Wolfson College Cambridge where he is exploring autonomy, wellbeing and community participation for young people with pmld in the UK. He also teaches on B.A. and Masters programmes at The University of Suffolk in Ipswich.


He is a UK qualified teacher and lecturer whose subjects are special educational needs and Drama to Key Stages 4 and 5.  From September 2012 to February 2015  he worked at Granta School in Cambridgeshire where he taught young people aged 14 - 19 with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. (sld/pmld). In February 2013, Ofsted reported that 'pupils (at Granta School) who have profound and multiple learning difficulties make outstanding progress'. Between 2008 and 2012 Andrew worked in the Transition Phase at The Edith Borthwick School in Braintree, Essex, where he set up a dedicated centre for students with profound and multiple learning difficulties. In September 2011 Ofsted described the teaching in the centre as 'outstanding', and the curriculum as 'excellent'.  Andrew has a  Masters Degree in Education (sld/pmld) with Distinction from the University of Birmingham, School of Education. His research included mental health and learning difficulties, and the exclusion of young people with sld/pmld from the policy and practice of inclusive education.  


Andrew has had a number of books published for schools, and articles published in national newspapers and journals (see 'list of works' page).


Before specialising in working with young people with complex needs, Andrew taught performing arts at schools and colleges in the UK and at The International School of Geneva.


Between 1982 and 1985 Andrew was actor / director of the Bac to Bac Theatre in Education Company which brought the French language alive in schools, colleges and theatres all over the UK. Andrew returned to acting professionally between 2005 and 2008 when he appeared in a number of stage plays, tours and radio dramas.


On a freelance basis Andrew has worked for Creative Partnerships, the International Schools’ Theatre Association and the Education Department of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Andrew is a former trustee of EQUALS ( - a charity dedicated  to improving outcomes for people with special needs, and a former trustee of The Laughter Specialists – a charity which brings specially trained entertainers into hospitals, hospices, special schools and respite centres (

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