Dr Jess Mahdavi-Gladwell

Proud to be British-Iranian, Jess left her native Barnsley for Goldsmiths in 1997 completing her degree, PhD and Post Doc there. In 2013, Jess decided to enhance her experience of researching bullying and teaching psychology at undergraduate and postgraduate level by becoming a primary school teacher (IoE).

After working in a range of primary schools, and spending some time writing and speaking about education Jess made her last sector shift and is now SENCO at an amazing and innovative secondary Pupil Referral Unit where everyone gets a second chance. She also manages the Assessment Centre there and works to find the right next placement for each individual.

Awarded CTeach (pilot cohort), Jess’ passions are evidence-based practise and not-wasting-teachers’-time. Owner of two dogs and two teens, her views are her own (and occasionally her husband’s too!). 

Jess co-hosts That Behaviour Show with Graham Chatterly and joins expert guests to talk about the latest approaches to behaviour and the realities of implementing them in a variety of educational settings. 

@DrJessM