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Barbara Follows

Barbara Follows, M.Ed

"My philosophy is that every child is unique and, whatever their differences, every single child matters."

A single starfishAn old man watched fascinated as a young man walked along the beach picking up starfish and throwing them back into the sea. When the young man was asked why he was doing this, he replied, "The starfish have been washed up by the tide and if left here they will die." The old man said, "But there are so many, what does it matter?"

The young man picked up a starfish, looked at it and said, "It matters to this one."

Confidential education and behaviour consultancy

Unhappy children

Do any of these words or phrases apply to your difficulty with the young person in your care:

  • Exclusion
  • Bullying
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Low aspirations
  • Family breakdown
  • Education, health and care plans
  • Dyslexia
  • Truancy
  • ADHD
  • School-phobic
  • BESD (EBD)

Are you worried about your child's behaviour?

Are you concerned about their education?

Do you need advice on communicating with, or seeking help from, the school, Local Education Authority or family?

If you have answered "yes" to any of these questions,
then I can help you.

I provide confidential consultancy and professional advocacy for parents, carers and schools who have concerns about a child's behaviour.

About me

I established the MaMBiC (Managing and Moderating Behaviour in Children) service in 2001. By then I was an experienced special educational needs (SEN) and child behaviour consultant having worked in mainstream and special schools in the UK and abroad across the full age range. This included five years at a secondary boarding school for teenage boys with severe behavioural problems. I gained a Masters in Education (M.Ed) qualification in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD) and run training courses for headteachers, teachers and support staff. In 2009 I returned from Namibia after spending over a year working with and advising the Namibian Government to improve children's access to education.

Mambic was born out of my personal knowledge and professional experiences of special educational needs. As a mother, I know what it is like to have a child who is different and, as a teacher, to have pupils who challenge. I can steer you through the minefield of the education services, provide support in seemingly impossible home and school situations, and be there to understand, assist and advise. Education is a complex system, and if you do not have the experience and knowledge, then you can get lost in the maze.

My own "different" child was fortunate to have a parent who knew how to navigate the system and obtain the best possible outcome for his personal circumstances. Mambic emerged from that experience to help you do the same for your child.

I can also provide support and guidance for the teacher in the classroom - I really do know "what it is like".