Helen Claus trained as a teacher, gaining her Bachelor of Education in Mental Handicap and Primary Education from the University of Birmingham. She taught in schools in Birmingham and Essex, before moving to The Netherlands.
Helen held a number of posts at the prestigious international school: The British School in The Netherlands. During her time at the school, she helped to develop the school’s provision for students with additional educational needs for which the school has become renowned. Most recently, she held the post of Junior School’s Inclusion Manager and was responsible for guiding the development of the school’s philosophy on inclusion.
Helen is a firm believer in continuing professional development and in 2005 she gained her NVQ Level 5 in Operational Management and became a member of the British Institute for Leadership and Management. In 2014, Helen gained the Certificate for Competence in Educational Testing. She is also registered as an Educational Ability and Attainment Test user with the British Psychological Society (RQTU 351314), and adheres to their test protocols.
Helen has more than 15 years’ experience in delivering training to international schools in The Netherlands on a variety of subjects related to Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. She has been a speaker at conferences run by ECIS and COBIS. She recently delivered workshops for Dutch professionals at both the Leiden Passend Onderwijs Parade and for Stichting Perspectief. Believing in passing on knowledge, Helen has designed a two-year training course for people starting out in their career as a Learning Support Assistant. To date more than 50 people have completed this course, many subsequently finding work globally in the field of Special Educational Needs.
Helen grew up in England, the daughter of a Dutch father and English mother, living in a cross-cultural family. She is a native English speaker and also speaks Dutch fluently.