About Us

Course Directors and Contributors:

Course Directors

Ann Swain BS Mus Therapy, Lic INPP, MA Ed. Neuroscience.

After graduating from Green Meadow Waldorf School in New York, Ann trained as a music therapist at Indiana University and did her internship in a psychiatric hospital with children and adolescents. She then went on to study Waldorf Education at Emerson College, Sussex. She took over a class at the Waldorf School of South West London and also worked as administrator in that school for 5 years. It was during this time that she trained as a Waldorf “Remedial” teacher with Rosemary Gebert at Michael Hall.

Ann took up a post as Learning Support teacher at Michael Hall where she worked for 18 years, developing screening and assessment protocols and teaching children and adolescents with special educational needs. During those years she did the Bothmer Movement training with Martin Baker at Michael Hall, the INPP Reflex Integration training in Chester with Peter and Sally Blythe, as well as the Johansen Sound Therapy with Kjeld Johansen.

Just recently she completed a Masters degree in Educational Neuroscience at University of London, focusing on the human mirror neuron system and the default mode network.

Her particular professional interests involve movement development in atypical learners, sensory integration and above all – excellent delivery of Steiner Education to all learners. As part of SWASEND she consults to Steiner Waldorf Schools in the UK.

Ann is a founding member and co-director of SWASEND (previously SWDA), director of Align for Learning SEN training seminar and is SENCo at the Norwich Steiner School.



Charlotte Harvey BEd (Hons) PGDipSpLD

Charlotte trained at Froebel Institute (then part of London University) in Primary Education, specialising in Geography, and then taught in primary schools in London and Surrey.

After re-locating to Forest Row, she undertook a Post Graduate course in Specific Learning Differences with the Beve Hornsby Institute and on completion took up a teaching post at Michael Hall School in the Learning Support Department. Here she screened classes, assessed and taught children ranging from 8 – 16.

Over the years, and after further training, she took on the responsibility of assessing students for examination access arrangements. Alongside the continuing role of teacher and SENCo, Charlotte developed the role of Upper School Co-ordinator and focussed the remainder of her time with students in the Middle and Upper school environment.

Since leaving teaching, Charlotte has set up two Community Interest Companies: Barebones Theatre Project – a local diverse theatre group engaged in producing and directing challenging theatrical experiences in Forest Row; Bridging Ages – a company running the Life Stories project, an intergenerational programme with teenagers and older residents.

She is a co-director of SWASEND and involved in the administration of the Align for Learning training seminar.


Anita Hempenius

Anita has worked as a class and learning support teacher, SENCo and Inclusion Manager in the UK and internationally. She provides support and ADHD coaching via scatterbraincoaching.co.uk She is an educational consultant at Education without Exceptions.  Anita is based in Gloucester.







Victoria Biggs author of “Caged in Chaos A Dyspraxic’s Guide To Breaking Free”. She shares insights from personal experience of dyspraxia and autism.

Kevin Davidson is a graduate of Align for Learning 2012 and is a Bothmer Gymnast teaching gym and games in primary and secondary school settings.

Xavier Eloquin is a chartered educational psychologist who has done extensive research into attachment disorders, stress and the impact of stress on learning.

Lucinda Howard is an optometrist with specialist interest in reading difficulties.

Natalie Packer is an educational consultant who is a recognised expert in the equalities Act 2010 and the SEND code of Practice 2014. She is author of “The Perfect SENCO”.

And others…