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About Maria Landy

Since 2003 Maria Landy (MTFL Ltd – More Time For Learning) has specialised in Special Educational Needs (SEN) training, inspection, advice and support for – headteachers, principals, deputy headteachers, senior leaders, SENCOs, teachers, support staff and governors plus Local Authorities with a particular focus on SEN. Our services have proved essential for improving performance and assessments, as well as being very valuable for Local Authorities and higher education staff, inspectors and consultants. We provide expertise in various topic areas and suggestions for development. The useful information section of our website is highly valued and regularly visited by several schools. This helps them keep up to date and often provides guidance that saves time with succinct help through the maze of information they receive.

Maria identifies a number of key topics that impact on all SEN providers. New legislation means that schools must be prepared to meet statutory requirements and her aim is to provide you with the necessary knowledge and support materials to do just that. Her advice, training and support help you to analyse and improve practice.

She has a proven track record in informing, guiding and assisting schools, PRUs and Local Authorities to improve the quality of their services. The evidence for this is the high number of OUTSTANDING schools and providers she is working with. Their testimony is such a positive commendation of her positive impact.

Maria Landy

Maria Landy was the first woman president of NASEN - the National Association for Special Educational Needs. She is a very experienced Ofsted inspector and was a trainer of inspectors. Maria has written several articles and the book 'Inspecting Special Needs Provision' published by David Fulton. She is much appreciated as a keynote presenter at conferences.

Apart from leading teams to inspect schools, her activities include INSET/CPD and advisory support for schools nationally and consultancy to Local Authorities. She is also an experienced SIP - School Improvement Partner.

She is an extremely experienced presenter and evaluations and feedback confirm her courses are lively, interesting and enjoyable and often have a very positive practical impact on practice. Maria is a very experienced teacher and has a reputation for coming up with innovative and imaginative approaches for presenting the issues. Her very detailed course files and materials are highly valued and much appreciated by delegates, as well as being very useful working references.

Maria Landy


Maria Landy (MTFL Ltd) More Time For Learning provides practical and relevant educational training and advice particularly about special educational needs (SEN).

Maria is a schools' improvement specialist with particular expertise and experience in special educational needs.

She has...

  • enabled and promoted networking and greater multi-agency involvement,
  • updated professionals about national curriculum changes and interesting practice,
  • stressed the importance of personalised learning,
  • made staff more aware of the Every Child Matters Agenda,
  • highlighted the importance of functional skills,
  • ensured senior leaders stay up-to-date.

Her training of Senior Leaders has helped make them more effective in their roles: many are now better at:

  • evaluating their provision,
  • at understanding, analyzing and acting upon the findings of the outcomes,
  • better at observing and judging teaching and learning and feeding back to teachers and support staff,
  • improving teacher performance and making better use of assessment.

Her training of Subject Leaders has helped:

  • to make their vision clearer,
  • to meet statutory requirements,
  • to improve curriculum planning,
  • the use of assessment and promoted assessment for learning,
  • them to collate and to show the evidence,
  • meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act.

Her training of Local Authority Inspectors and School Improvement Partners has helped them to:

  • make Judgements about the quality of provision,
  • strategically evaluate their local strengths, weaknesses, gaps and clarify plans and priorities for improvement.

Maria has assisted and supported various multi-agency providers in self evaluation:

  • tailored to the needs, wants and budgets of providers,
  • effective improvement and inspection processes have had a positive impact in more rigorous self audit, reflection and self-evaluation - this is an important and integral part of the education system and builds on the various inspection processes.

Maria was...

  • A senior lecturer in Special Needs.
  • A SEN Adviser in Gloucestershire.
  • A Senior SEN Adviser for Devon LEA.
  • An Ofsted registered inspector having led numerous inspections.
  • An Ofsted Accredited trainer of inspectors.

Maria is...

  • Having a positive impact on improving some of the best special provision in England.
  • Very experienced and effective at working with schools in challenging and complex circumstances.
  • An active advisor, inspector and special school improvement partner evaluating and improving the quality of education in schools, PRUs/short stay schools and Local Authorities.

Maria has...

  • Extensive experience of teaching and inspecting in all phases of education.
  • Been a SENCO in two secondary schools and taught in three primaries.
  • Extensive experience of teaching primary, special and secondary school teachers.
  • Particular expertise in management, curriculum, professional development, assessment and special needs.
  • Been involved in well over a hundred inspections and has led over fifty of these.