Dave Roberts


Dave Roberts is a Senior Leader at one of the largest Alternative Provision/Special Schools Trusts in the United Kingdom, currently leading on Behaviour, Safety and Wellbeing and is a Designated Safeguarding Lead. In addition to his leadership role, Dave is an Advanced Team Teach Tutor, Adult Mental Health First Aider, Level 3 Adult and Paediatric First Aider.

Through the Trust and Local Authority, Dave sits on a number of working parties to support schools in having effective safeguarding systems and that organisations are embedding wellbeing within strategic decisions. Dave has developed a real passion to ensure all school employees are able to do their job to the best of their abilities and have the time and resources to deal with the emotional strain that can come with working in  Special Education.

Dave’s research focuses on how Multi Academy Trusts can support wellbeing for their staff to increase retention and job satisfaction. One of the key chapters of this research is reviewing what the current model for Supervision in Education is and how this compares to other sectors such as Social Care, Medical and the Private Sector. By evaluating the current model and learning from outside sectors it is the goal that there can be a unified definition and tool kit accessible for all people in Special Education to ensure they are using a fit for purpose resource.

The current research project utiliese a mixed methods approach combing real life expereinces of people within Special/Alternative/PRU schools with theoretical debates and crittiques. 

Research interests

  • Special Education 
  • Alternative Provision
  • Wellbeing
  • Supervision
  • Mixed Methodology
  • Crittical Realism


  • MA Teaching & Professional Enquiry
  • PGCE Secondary Education (Chemistry)
  • BA Criminology with Forensic Biology