Dr Penelope Hannant

School of Education
Practitioner Tutor (SENCO) : teaching-focused

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Having worked in biochemical research for a short period of time, Penelope Hannant’s career began as a class teacher progressing very quickly to senior management and ultimately headship, where she became an outstanding headteacher.

During her 24 years in education she became specifically interested in how children learn and how to support any difficulties and so became a specialist teacher working in the autism outreach team, in addition to widening her skills as a speech, language and communication specialist and a specific learning difficulties assessor. Her interest led her to take further qualifications in both psychology and counselling and so her academic career began.

Penelope is now a doctor in development psychology, assessing and supporting children whilst leading and training educationalists within the area of Special Educational Needs.


  • PhD in Developmental Psychology, Coventry University
  • AMBDA: British Dyslexia Association
  • MSc in Psychology, Coventry University
  • Certificate of Competence in Educational Psychometric testing (CCET), Dyslexia Action
  • Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 4 Diploma, Distinction
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
  • National Qualification for Headteachers, National College of School Leadership
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Warwick University
  • BSc Biochemistry (Including a period of Industrial Placement, First Class Degree with Honours (1:1)


Doctoral research

PhD title
The Role of Sensorimotor Difficulties in Autism Spectrum Conditions