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Cathy Tissot

Professor Catherine Tissot


  • University Teaching Fellow Community of Practice

Institute of Education:

  • SENCO accreditation/qualification
  • MA (Inclusive Education) Pathway leader

Areas of interest

  • Special education theory and practice
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Inclusive education
  • International perspectives on inclusion
  • Disability issues in general

Postgraduate supervision

Masters and PhD level supervision offered in:

  • Special education theory and practice
  • Autistic spectrum disorders
  • Inclusive education
  • International perspectives on inclusion
  • Disability issues in general

Current Research Students (first supervisor unless indicated):

  • Ching Chang (PhD, part time):Supporting pre-service teachers with special educational needs:The effectiveness of an intervention programme
  • Michelle Jagdeo-Bailey (EdD, Second Supervisor):Exploration into the Influence of Reflective Practice on the Behaviour of Students with ASD in the Classroom Environment’
  • Ruohan Li (PhD):A Study of the Changes in Self-Concept, Emotional Well-Being, and Lived Experiences of Students in China
  • Myrthe Van Vliet (PhD, part time)Inclusion of children with SEND at an international school


Recent Research Students:

  • Manar Alarfaj: Provision for students with autism in Saudi Arabia.
  • Najlaa Bajaber: Gifted educational programmes for girls in Saudi Arabia.
  • Reem Balubaid: Transition to adulthood for adolescents with autism in Saudi Arabia and the UK.
  • Lois Beaver: Using Pupil Voice to Explore and Improve the Experience of Pupils with SEN in a Mainstream Secondary School.
  • Reham Bukhari: A qualitative investigation of the relationship between social and cultural factors for people who stutter on academic and professional experience and performance.
  • Regina Cobbinah: The experience of adolescents with severe mental health illness in hospital and mainstream school following hospitalisation in an inpatient unit.
  • Eileen Hyder: Reading groups for visually impaired readers completed in 2011.
  • Khummit Keshinro: Understanding Jamaica’s Secondary Students’ Performance through Students’ Voice.
  • Sufang Li: Student Teachers' Perspectives of the Impact of Inclusive Education Training on their Teaching Practice.
  • Chui Ling Liu: Inclusion in Taiwan.
  • Ruth Moyse: Autistic girls missing from education.
  • Muna Muqaibal: Effectiveness of CALL in Teaching and Learning English Vocabulary: The Case of Oman.
  • Amy Nokes: Developing active ways of learning in and through music for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Hayley Sae-Kang: Professional Identity, Team Work and School Culture.
  • Budor Saigh: Quality of life for children with autism in Saudi Arabia.
  • Paul Van Walwyk: The views of Head Teachers within Social Emotional Mental Health (SEMH) special schools on the changes following the Code of Practice.
  • Rob Webster: The extent to which the classroom experiences of pupils with special education needs and disabilities have changed over time.


  • Educating Diverse Groups (EDM188)
  • Education for Inclusion (ED1 BEC)
  • Professional Development 3 (ED3BPD)

Research centres and groups

Member of the Equity, Inclusion and Improvement Research Group.

Research projects

  • 2010-2011: Service Families with children with SEN (with Georgina Lovett).
  • 2009-2013: SENCOs views on SEN provision.
  • 2008-2011: Personalised learning for SEN learners: ensuring ITT staff expertise (£18,000).


Academic qualifications

PhD, Brunel University, Uxbridge, UK 

BA Education, Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee Wisconsin, USA 

Selected publications

  • Rees, E., & Tissot, C. (in press) Can child-friendly tools support young, autistic children to better communicate about their well-being to help inform school provision? Early Child Development and Care, 1-18.
  • Muqaibal, M. H., Kasprowicz, R., & Tissot, C.(in press) Evaluating the impact of spaced practice using computer-assisted language learning (CALL) on vocabulary learning in the classroom. Language Teaching Research, 0(0), 13621688221146146.
  • Tissot, C; Butcher, S & Piper, S (2018) A time and place for sexual activity. Network Autism
  • Tissot, C. (2016). Top 5 autism tips for professionals: sex education for autistic children Network Autism
  • Kent, M & Tissot, C. (2010) Mark Kent. In Cases on Teaching Sexuality Education to Individuals with Autism; P. Schaefer-Whitby (ed)

Enterprise activity, external roles and consultancy:

  • Paper presentations to the National Autistic Society, Berkshire Autistic Society, Reading Borough Council.
  • Led the successful bid to be a provider of the SENCO qualification programme in conjunction with the six Berkshire Local Authorities.
  • Past member of the Bracknell Forest Adult Autism group.
  • Assistant editor for Early Child Development and Care.
  • Governor, Addington School
  • Bracknell Forest Parent Carer Forum, Steering Group
  • Past Trustee, Prior's Court School.
  • Past Governor, Thames Valley Free School.



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