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Chris Whitaker

Chris Whitaker

Inclusion from a unique perspective

Chris offers a unique perspective on inclusive education. His own journey through education has taken many turns, beginning in special school aged 2, before transferring to mainstream aged 7. Surgery to address his Cerebral Palsy led to a return to special school aged 11, and gave him a chance to reflect on his educational provision.

Chris is of the view that there are 'no limits', and went on to gain a law degree from the University of Warwick and a Master's degree from the University of Cambridge. Sharing his experiences at each stage of his journey through the educational system, Chris provides a very real example of how inclusive education can work. His candid insights have inspired and moved many audiences to 'make their journey count'.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Chris returned three years running to speak to our sixth form students. It was a privilege to hear him as he brought to life the realities faced by a student with disability in a compassionate and good humoured way which held the attention of both students and staff. He has a genuine ability to connect with young people and illustrate some of the misconceptions about those with disabilities. He spoke with energy and conviction and left his audience both better informed and alert to the risks of stereotyping. An inspirational and engaging speaker."

– Roisin Dunn, Assistant Principal (Student Services), Sir John Deane’s College​

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