Garner Education Services Ltd

Bespoke Training, Consultancy and Conferences.

School budgets are under increasing pressures. The numbers of students with mental health issues and SEN is also rising. At Garner Education we recognise this and our services are tailored to suit your individual needs and requirements. Check out our testimonials page.

We have a team of experienced education consultants and trainers who have all worked 'at the coal face' of education and understand the challenges faced in schools and colleges today.

We provide a range of services from working one-to-one to providing whole school/college inset training. Collectively our specialisms include:

  • Student Mental Health
  • SENCo Role
  • Managing Behaviour
  • Working with Parents
  • School Counselling Services
  • Pastoral Support
  • SEN in Mainstream Education
  • Dyslexia
  • SEN for EAL Students
  • Access Arrangements
  • Supporting Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Contact us for a no obligation discussion about your needs and requirements and how we can help.


Training and Consultancy

We tailor our services to your needs and requirements. Some of our recent projects include:

  • transition day for SEN students moving to post-16 education.
  • Whole staff CPD 'Building Positive Relationships'
  • In-house Pastoral Staff Training
  • Whole staff training in Mental Health at Inset Day
  • Staff training on working with hard to reach parents
  • Academy trust schools Counsellor training
  • Exam Anxiety workshop for Year 11's
  • Key Stage 2 to 3 transition training
  • Whole staff training on differentiation for SEN

International Training

We also regularly undertake training abroad, at Independent English speaking schools including:

  • Dubai, UAE
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • Bangkok, Thailand

If you would like a quote for training in your international school, please contact us to discuss your requirements and how we can help.

In School Mental Health Support

We have written a series of targeted mental health programmes for students that provide real solutions for difficulties faced by students today. These programmes, facilitated by your school staff, provide real value for money.

They cover Exam Anxiety, Self-Harm and General Anxiety.

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About Us

Providing high quality training and information to the Education Sector

Sam Garner

Sam is a renowned trainer and speaker on Mental Health, Behaviour, SEN and Access Arrangements. Originally a music teacher she became a SENCo in a large Secondary School where she gained a wealth of SEN training and experience, particularly in behaviour and mental health. She then worked with children who had been excluded from school, and children in care before establishing GES Ltd. She trains education staff nationally and internationally, and writes regularly for education publications.

Sam is also a qualified Educational Assessor, CBT Counsellor and PPP (Triple-P) Facilitator. In her spare time she is the lead singer of a local band!

Christine Franklin

Christine has worked as a Family Support Advisor for the last 6 years within the Educational settings of primary, secondary and private schools. Chrissie is experienced in the CAF/DAF process as Lead Professional, working alongside a myriad of professional services including SENCo, Educational Psychologists, Social Services and other supportive services.

Chrissie is a trained and qualified facilitator for the delivery of Solihull Approach, Strengthening Families, Thrive and Level 3 Safeguarding. Chirssie is currently studying a BA Hons Degree on Psychology with Counselling.

Wendy Bell

Wendy has over 20 years experience as a trainer of both adults and children in a variety of situations. She holds and MSc in Occupational Psychology amnd specialises in motivation, communication and team building.

Wendy has worked in secondary schools, for a major awarding body, and with the Department for Education (DfE) on their training programmes for new Exams Officers. Sh has also worked with disadvantaged young people through a project which encourages them to complete community activities.

Wendy is also involved with the running of the Duke of Edinburghs Award in ger local community.

Arran Smith

Arran Smith has worked as a volunteer, employee and now as a self-employed consultant in the field of dyslexia, SEND and education for over 15 years. Arran was diagnosed as being dyslexic when he was aged nine and was taken by his parents to the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association which ran an after-school workshop on a Saturday morning. Over the past 20 years Arran has worked his way from student to tutor and is now Chairman of the group.

In 2006 Arran was awarded the British Dyslexia Associations Young Achievers Award for all of his hard work as a volunteer with the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association, because of this he became more involved in the work of the B.D.A. He was a volunteer on a number of committees including the B.D.A. Management Board. With dyslexia still being a big part of Arran’s life, work became very difficult and a change needed to be made. In May 2010 after 18 months on the BDA management board Arran resigned and in June of that year, became a member of staff and spent five years as the Membership Development Officer. During his working life he has worked in the retail business and has also worked with other charities with roles that covered development and operational management. Arran is now self-employed and has his own consultancy business the LVA Group which supports other businesses and charities, and also has a company which helps to raise awareness called the SEND Group it offers training, webinars and consultancy in all areas of SEND within the education community.


Scanning Pens

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Scanning Pens is a dedicated supplier of mobile scanners.

Scanning Pens will be showcase the latest reading aids that allow people to work & study

The most popular scanner at the moment is the C-Pen Reader.

Please visit: and the C-Pen Exam Reader, please visit for more information.

They are a major technological breakthrough for anyone learning English and are a life-saver for those who suffer from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. They are totally portable, pocket-sized devices that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice. The Exam Reader is approved for use in many UK exams included SATS, JCQ, iGSCE and IB.

Free 30 day trial available for schools.


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FACT-IFSA aims to providea holistic approach to enable the educational well-being and achievement of each child to be met, with the support of their family.

Send Group

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SEND Group - Training and Consultancy for SEND

SEND Group pride itself on supporting and enabling the awareness of SEND the across the education sector.

Our consultancy services offer support and awareness to schools implementing everlasting change, within areas of SEND. Our consultants have knowledge of all areas of SEND and especially the hidden disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia , etc.

SEND Group offers a wide range of training solutions for the education sector on all SEND topics. Our training courses are run by trainers with a wealth of experience within SEND. The majority of our courses are designed to be run as part of inset days or evenings. Most of our courses can be tailor-made to meet the audience’s needs.

SEND Group also specialises in Webinars. No need to drive to a conference venue just sit back at your computer at home and watch the live event. Our webinars cover a wide range of SEND topics.


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Communicate-Ed - High Quality Training for SEN Professionals

Here at Communicate-ed we are passionate about seeing people developed to their true potential. To that end, we provide practical, value-for money, relevant training for education professionals involved in the area of Special Needs

We have a range of courses which cover a variety of roles at Secondary School and Further Education level. These include a brief overview for general staff, training for Teaching Assistants acting as Readers and Scribes, Invigilators overseeing exams, SENCos and Examination Officers organising support during the exam period, as well as Access Arrangements Assessors and Educational Psychologists assessing students. Our training for Oral Language Modifiers is run jointly with the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors and offers accreditation for successful delegates.

Our other courses include input on a wide variety of subjects related to the support of students with special educational needs including Dyslexia, Asperger Syndrome, AD(H)D, Dyscalculia and Behavioural Difficulties.

We offer training for Access Arrangements Assessors including courses recognised by the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee for core CDP when updating SpLD Assessment Practising Certificates.


In January 2017, we engaged Sam for three days of training and consultancy in JCQ’s Access Arrangements for public examinations, which proved to be an excellent choice and decision.

We would recommend Sam without hesitation to any school. She is a fountain of knowledge, wisdom and advice and possesses that rare quality of being able to motivate all around her. She is entertaining and charming but also exceedingly hard-working and thorough. Rarely have we come across such an outstanding practitioner.

K Barbrook (Headteacher) Graveney School, London

Sam delivered a thoughtful and reflective workshop: 'Building Positive Relationships with our Students' as part of our whole staff CPDL pastoral day. I had already seen this presentation before but was as engaged the second time as the first. She has a great sense of humour which our staff group definitely appreciated. I had lots of positive comments from the entire group, saying they will be trying some of the techniques discussed. I have used the lunchtime tip that you shared with us and it really does make a difference to our students, so thank you. A great Workshop - would thoroughly reccomend

J Jones, RSA Academy

Just to let you know that the feedback I have received from the day was overwhelmingly positive. All of the attendees found the day helpful and thought it gave them strategies to use. Also, a number of the TA's who attend felt that they gained from the day and intend to use strategies from the day back in school.

K Staines, ASCEND, W Sussex

We use GES Ltd to provide specialist training and advice to our clients. The understanding of the issues faced by schools is second to none, and we always receive superb feedback from their involvement.

T Sutton, CEO, Scaning Pens Ltd

Clients include:

  • ARK Academies
  • Cheltenham College
  • St Albans Girls School
  • Graveney School
  • Caedmon College
  • Wadebridge School
  • Gosforth Academy
  • St Leonards Academy
  • Bradfield College
  • Flixton Girls School
  • Hereford Sixth Form College
  • Torbay School
  • West Berkshire PRU
  • RSA Academy
  • Wellington College

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