Child, Community & Educational Psychologist
Ashley Grinham-Smith is currently training to be an Educational Psychologist at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Before his training, Ashley worked in schools for 10 years as a teacher and was a senior leader in the country’s only University Teaching Primary School with responsibilities for pastoral care. He has a special interest in working systemically to endorse and promote trauma-informed inclusive practices within schools and is passionate about inclusion and pastoral provision in education. He has recently edited a book on inclusive learning and co-authored a chapter that promotes inclusive practices when supporting children who are at risk of exclusion and suspension; highlighting the importance of reframing behaviour as a communication of need. Ashley is a keen advocate for championing children at risk of marginalisation and exclusion and supporting systems to consider and listen to the unsaid when learning how to “speak the language” of the children within their settings.