Staff Profiles


Mrs Julie Prentice

Senior Lecturer

School: Faculty of Education Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Canterbury Main Campus

Tel: 01227 921940

Profile summary

Julie Prentice: MA Ed; PGCE Research in Education; PGCE Psych; BA Ed.

Julie is the Programme Director of the MA Special Needs and Inclusion. She also teaches across the Special Educational Needs and Inclusion Programmes.. Her academic qualification subject areas are Education, Special Needs & Inclusion, Autism and Psychology. 

Julie has a background in teaching and local authority advisory roles. She has worked in a specialist advisory capacity within 3 local authorities. Her most recent role was Consultant for Autism in North Yorkshire Children’s Services. Julie has also worked in Children’s Services in Hertfordshire within the Communication and Autism Team, and in Stockton-on-Tees with the Autism Outreach Team. Within these roles she provided advice related to the provision, teaching and learning needs of young people with autism, delivered training programmes for parents of children with autism spectrum conditions and also provided professional development training for staff.

While teaching in the North-East of England, Julie taught children across the primary age range within mainstream and special education settings. She has also taught within secondary education. Julie has taught children with a range of complex and additional educational needs including children with speech, language and social communication needs, physical and sensory needs, autism and social, emotional and mental health needs. In addition to teaching, her coordination roles within schools have included: Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Literacy and Art.

Research and knowledge exchange

Julie is currently undertaking a research PhD. The research aims to explore the views of young people with regard to the help they receive to aid understanding of their autism diagnosis. She has previously undertaken research related to developing cognitive approaches to support anxious children with High Functioning forms of Autism. While working with a local authority, she also developed a post diagnosis training programme for parents of children diagnosed with autism in late childhood and adolescence, and carried out research into the impact of the programme.

Teaching and subject expertise

Julie is an accredited trainer for National Autistic Society, EarlyBird training programme for parents. She has delivered the Autism Education Trust’s Schools and Post 16 Programmes for Tiers 1, 2 & 3 training.

Publications and research outputs

Julie presented papers at the University of Birmingham, Education Doctoral Research Conference in 2013; 2016 & 2019.

Prentice, J. (2017) ‘Autism diagnosis and impact: in their own words’, in H. Henderson, A. Penannt and M. Hand Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference: Saturday 26 November 2016. School of Education. University of Birmingham. ISBN 9780704428669: pp. 117-125. Available at:

Prentice, J. (2014) ‘Autism diagnosis and impact: A work in progress’, in R. Barrie, B. Morris, T. Perry and M. Hand Papers from the Education Doctoral Research Conference: Saturday 16 November 2013. School of Education. University of Birmingham. ISBN: 9780704428145: pp. 116-124.


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