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Wear the cape, ditch the mask: Why neurodivergent teachers are super teachers

This session will break down what it means to be neurodivergent and how neurodivergent people make wonderful teachers, through the innate skills and emotional intelligence we possess as well as many other traits and characteristics. It will focus on how we are able to give holistic support to children and young people, empathising and acting as role models. We will discuss what inclusive schools need to do to support neurodivergent students AND staff, and what happened to me when I removed my ‘mask’.



Helen is a neurodivergent teacher in mainstream education with over 20 years’ experience in the classroom and as a senior leader. She has a diagnosis of ADHD (combined type) and draws on her lived experience to provide the best possible support for young people and their families, as well as being an advocate for women and girls with ADHD.

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