About our team

We are a multi-disciplinary team that has worked for years supporting learners and adults with SEND as well as coaching parents and carers of neurodiverse learners and coaching neurodiverse and neurotypical adults to reach their goals in all areas of their life including their business and personal life.

Our experience in SEND includes specific learning profiles related to autism, demand avoidance, cerebral palsy, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADHD, mild, moderate and profound learning difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory processing needs, and other difficulties such as school refusal in addition to mental health related needs such as anxiety and panic attacks.

Silja Turville

Educational consultant and supportive coach for carers, neurodiversity, life and business

Silja helps families access the right educational support for their learner identified with SEND and is an encouraging carer, neurodiversity, life and business coach. Silja has experienced first hand the shortages of provision and difficulties in obtaining funding for learners with SEND.

Silja has experience with supporting adults and children with ADHD, autism, demand avoidant profiles, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, sensory processing difficulties and speech, language and communication needs and is part of the team developing a new school for children with speech, language and communication needs.

Silja has diplomas in special educational needs support and coaching as well as education sector qualifications including mental health first aid, as well as multi-agency safeguarding and safer recruitment training.

Email me: silja.turville@acorntooakeducation.org

Amy Appleby

Holistic therapist and supportive coach for carers, neurodiversity, life and business

Amy has an extensive commercial and entrepreneurial background stretching back 30 years, with more than half of that time undertaking roles supporting carers, people with chronic health conditions, dementia and a wide range of special educational needs.

Amy has a City and Guilds adult teaching qualification, multiple therapeutic qualifications, a Masters in Development Studies and is a Professional Member of the CThA.

Amy uses her holistic approach, incorporating her commercial, entrepreneurial and freelance experience along with a broad range of therapeutic techniques including mindfulness, stress management, and theatrical techniques to help each client become happier, healthier, more efficient and, therefore, more effective.

Email me: team@acorntooakeducation.org

Charlotte Orton

Researcher and team organiser

Charlotte is a key member of the Acorn to Oak Education team researching specialist and mainstream educational provision across the UK.

Charlotte also organises and coordinates the team’s work, planning, priorities and administration arrangements in order to help ensure that clients receive the best care and input from our team.

Charlotte understands the challenges that parents and families face and is passionate about supporting learners and adults with specific learning profiles and additional learning and health needs to achieve everything that they are able to.

Email me: charlotte.orton@acorntooakeducation.org

Leonie Mattingley

Inclusive teacher and group leader

Leonie is a group leader for our inclusive lessons and workshops.

Leonie is a specialist teacher with over 15 years of experience of working with neurodiverse and neurotypical learners. Leonie has Masters in Inclusive Education from University College London’s Institute of Education.

Leonie specialises in supporting learners develop resilience and social and life skills as well as in supporting learners with a variety of learning profiles including dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, autism, speech, language and communication needs and sensory processing and occupational therapy related needs.

Email me: team@acorntooakeducation.org

Michael Rawlinson

Business and life coach

Michael has extensive business leadership and management experience and has worked in the commercial and not for profit sectors over his 40+ years of work.

Michael has been responsible for leading teams in large and small organisations where he has contributed to strategy and business development as well as being responsible for coaching and mentoring colleagues as needed.

Michael is working to establish specialist provision for a new special needs school in the South East and is aware of the challenges faced by neurodiverse learners and their parents.

Michael has completed the Chartered Management Institute’s level 7 Management & Leadership Diploma.

Email me: team@acorntooakeducation.org