Tom Milson


Tom Milson is Headteacher of The Amicus School. Beginning his career in Mainstream education, Tom taught Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 in a small village school just outside of Exeter. He then moved to teach KS2 in a mainstream school before making the transition to Special Education in 2012. Since then Tom has been a School Leader in a range of specialist schools, meeting the needs of students with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. As an Outstanding classroom practitioner Tom was appointed by the Department for Education as a Specialist Leader of Education in 2014, supporting school leaders within the local area to effect change in Special Education.

Tom joined Amicus at the end of 2016 following his successes as Deputy Headteacher of Unsted Park School in Godalming, Surrey. Since joining Amicus Tom has developed our community links, leading the Amicus School to become a member of the Wolstonbury Teaching Schools Alliance developing our closer links with neighbouring schools. Tom has also led The Amicus School to achieve our Good Ofsted grading in the Summer of 2018. As part of our Teaching Schools Alliance Tom delivers training for mainstream teachers on topics such as Understanding Challenging Behaviour. Tom also regularly contributes to conferences and training events at a Regional and National level.

Tom is co-chair of the University of Brighton School of Education Inclusion Steering Group, supporting the development of Special & Inclusive Education at the University. In this role Tom also regularly guest lectures at the University of Brighton, delivering lectures on the Initial Teacher Training programme at Stage 2 and Stage 3 on topics such as Positive Environments for Learning and Relational Aspects of Inclusive Practice.

Outside of Amicus Tom holds a National role for the Scouts, as UK Commissioner for Inclusion. This incorporates working with Trustees and Senior Staff within the organisation to oversee the support and training of volunteers in the area of special education and diversity.



  • MA:Ed SEN & Inclusive Education
  • National Professional Qualification in Headship (NPQH)
  • BEd (hons) Primary Education with Mathematics
  • BSc (hons) Psychology


Conference presentations:

2018   “Challenge and Threat appraisal in the classroom: A thematic analysis of teacher perceptions of disruptive behaviour ”

            British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2018, Newcastle


2018   The Emotional Impact of Inclusive Practice

            University of Chichester Annual Special Needs Conference 2018


2016   “Empathy and Exhaustion Challenges of recruitment and supervision in the special school”

            BELMAS Conference2016, Newcastle


2016   “The Importance of Empathy: Are special school educators more empathetic?”

            British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2016, Leeds


2015   “Empowering to Succeed: The Effect of Work Experience Responsibility in the Special School”

            British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2015, Belfast


Conferences/Courses attended:

  • Parliament Teacher Ambassador
  • Nurture Group Leader
  • Cambridge Effective Classroom Observation – Achieved Effective
  • TEACCH (3 day Foundation Training)
  • TeamTeach Intermediate
  • Makaton Foundation Workshop
  • Google Certified Teacher
  • TeamTeachAdvanced (Objects as Weapons)
  • Portage Basic Workshop
  • Makaton Enhanced Workshop
  • Emotional Skills and Competencies (ESaC) – Achieved (Distinction)