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.





A very powerful little book....The authors write as practitioners who are also scholars. They are experienced teachers and trainers who know whereof they speak. Their message of granting the maximum choice, agency, and voice possible and listening to what students tell us with their behavior is welcome. Many books currently on the market are either totally devoted to the matter of inclusion or give inclusion much attention. Most of them are well worth reading. If reading were to be narrowed to a single book, this is the one I would recommend. It is not only short but written with wisdom and heart.    Professor James Kauffmann, International Journal of Developmental Disabilities (2017)



Personalised Learning for Young People with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (jESSICA KINGSLEY pUBLISHERS, 2013)

What a lovely commonsense book! 'Personalised Learning...' is full of forthright opinions and inspiring examples which are based on a deep respect for young people who have a range of complex needs. Andrew looks carefully at what the young person can do independently and what s/he can do with support and puts his teaching in the zone between the two. Follow Andrew's principles and really personalise their education.  Dr. Penny Lacey, Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham


Absolutely splendid. I've really enjoyed reading it and will heartily recommend it to every teacher new to PMLD.  Full of wit and wisdom.  Peter Imray, Special Educational Needs Trainer


This book is as much about life and joy as it is about teaching.  It is an intellectual triumph that justifies the presence of teachers in the lives of young people who were once described as 'ineducable'. It is pragmatism at its productive best - unashamedly giving us permission to do whatever works in the case of every individual whose personalised curriculum is the only way forward.   Robert Orr, former Head of Rushton Hall School, and author of 'My Right to Play: A child with complex needs' (Open University Press, 2003)


Whereas most books about teaching and learning come from academic or psychological models, this account is fundamentally based in a person-centred social model, and is firmly focussed on valuing people. Jettisoning reliance on the early years curriculum for older students with complex learning difficulties will appear entirely reasonable to many special educators and allied health professionals.   Dr Mark Barber, consultant in profound intellectual disability and severe communication impairment, Melbourne Australia.


Andrew has written an indispensable guide for teachers and professionals working with or supporting young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Andrew convincingly demonstrates how the learning needs of young people with PMLD can be holistically met through a personalised approach to their education. The aim is to maximise their independence and autonomy, supporting their right to have control over their environment and to enjoy theitr lives by being engaged in fulfilling activities. Andrew's practical advice and guidance promotes this concept of citizenship, the students being supported to take their place in their school and community and to be valued for their contribution.   Janet Leach, Head of Service, Joint Service for Disabled Children, London Borough of Enfield.


An interesting book...I have already seen ways of altering the way I work...just need the headteacher to read it too.  M. Unsworth:


Fantastic insightful book. Would recommend to all professionals working in SLD/PMLD. Particularly useful for those working with older learners. An enjoyable read.   fishmayfly:


Wonderful!  Tandy Harrison, trainer and consultant in special educational needs


I absolutely loved it - I positively inhaled it first time through, nodding, ticking and underlining frantically as I went. I have since looked through it again at a more leisurely pace - and I still love it! I love the fact that it is a book about the processes of teaching and learning which begins and ends with individual students - their personalities, needs and experiences  - and which reminds us that how we do what we do as teachers, friends and supporters of people with PMLD is so important.  For me personally, the book is a wonderful reminder of why I get so much out of spending time with people with learning difficulties.  Shelley Lockwood, Intensive Interaction Practitioner and Trainer.


Andrew Colley's book will be of real interest to anybody involved in the education of young people with PMLD. This is a very readable book indeed. A down-to-earth, commonsense book that will appeal to practitioners and many parents.  What comes across clearly is Andrew's own humane and realistic  views. This book is both though-provoking and uplifting.   PMLD Link Magazine, Vol 25, No. 3, Issue 76. Autumn 2013


The book provides useful ideas for developing learning environments, setting realistic targets and evaluating progress. A useful addition to the field and an invaluable tool for nurses, particularly those providing long-term support for adults with PMLD. Teaching assistants and parents would also benefit from the book.    Learning Disability Practice, Volume 16, Issue 10, November 2013


This is a really interesting book which deals with real learning for young people with disabilities ... and presents some sound guiding principles about the subject area.  I would recommend this book to therapists and teachers.   College of Occupational Therapists Magazine


I was struck by the care and compassion shown by the author as he talks about his young charges. The overwhelming feeling you get from the book is that he wants the very best for them.   Cerebra News, October 2013


An excellent book...really refreshing and exciting. I feel inspired to continue working in the way that I do: considering even more how I can personalise the experiences for the students I teach. Stephen Catchick, Blackfriars F.E. Academy, Bucknall, Stoke-on-Trent


Inspiring, illuminating and practical, this is a refreshing contribution to the writing on personalised learning. This book is much more than its title. It is about the care,  attention and respect we pay to each other in any education setting and beyond.This is a book with a big heart but with its feet firmly on the ground.  Personalised Education Now, October 2014



Silent Rituals of the Mind - living with OCD (cHIPMUNKA pUBLISHING, 2010)

A fascinating account of OCD, written so honestly and with such profound insight it is riveting. It is such a brave story both in its content but mostly in its telling. 2017


Really good...The social critique is spot on.  Joanne Limburg, author: 'The Woman who thought too much' (Atlantic Books 2010)


A wonderful story of the author's journey with OCD...engaging and impressive. Dr Benson Ikuesan, Clinical Psychologist.


"Silent Rituals" is a breathtaking book. It is so beautifully and clearly written, that I read it all in one go. I am sure it will help and support all those people who suffer from this problem. -


A good story and worth the read for those that want to know what it's like living with OCD -


Excellent Insight. I had very little idea about this until I was asked to work with someone with this diagnosis. The book told me what it is like to live with OCD - watch out though, you may spot it in yourself! -



Entracte - six plays in French for young learners plus Teachers' Guide (tHOMAS nELSON pUBLISHERS, 1990)

The plays are imaginative and raise pertinent teenage issues...the dialogues are authentic yet simple enough for the target age-group. While teachers can find material like this, Frank, the main character in 'La Classe de 2333' will be right to look wistfully back to school in the 1990's as a place where he would have learned and had fun at the same time. Times Education Supplement, Oct 4th 1991

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