Ben Bryant

Ben has a track-record of in carrying out diagnostic and evaluative research, developing strategies and building organisational capacity across education, special educational needs and support for vulnerable young people, and children's services.

In the field of special educational needs, Ben has led major national research projects for the Department for Education on the future of special educational needs funding and on post-16 support for students with additional needs, and has been a member of the Department's expert working group on funding for children and young people with high needs providing advice to ministers and senior officials. Ben has worked and is currently working with a wide range of local areas to carry out strategic reviews of their services and provision for children and young people with special educational needs or disability. Ben is currently leading a national research project on alternative provision in local areas, commissioned by the Department for Education.

In education and school improvement, Ben has led national research projects on the development of the education system in England, such as the 2014 "temperature check" research on the develop of the self-improving system in England and has co-authored a think-piece on strategies for transforming local education systems. Ben has worked with schools-led partnerships, multi-academy trusts, local authorities and the regional schools commissioners to develop strategies for supporting school improvement and robust partnerships.

In children's services, Ben has led two significant national research projects on the enablers of and barriers to improvement in local children's services and on the use of different models of improvement support. Ben has presented at national conferences and facilitated regional workshops for elected lead members and senior children's services leaders to share the findings of this research and build local capacity for improvement. Ben has also led teams that have worked with individual local areas to review their improvement journey and activities to date and develop strategies for embedding and sustaining improvements in children's services. Through these projects, Ben has worked with around 60 local areas’ children’s services across England.

Ben is an expert facilitator and has experience of facilitating high-profile stakeholder consultation and strategy development events across the UK and internationally. Before joining Isos, Ben worked for the Department for Education, where he was one of the authors of the 2011 green paper on SEN and disability, and led reforms of the pupil premium and high needs funding. Ben is a funder and trustee of Crossworld, a charity that uses football to empower young people from refugee backgrounds, and sits on the board of a growing, cross-phase multi-academy trust.