Former engineer Dr Patterson retrained as a teacher at Liverpool Hope University over 30 years ago before becoming Principal at St. Vincent’s School for Sensory Impairment in 2012.
He is internationally peer review-published in community, volunteerism, creative curricula and ‘reverse inclusion’. Under his leadership, St. Vincent’s is graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for both school and residential provision for children with visual, hearing and other impairments, and has a multi-award winning reputation as a world leader in teaching, learning research and innovation for Visually Impaired young people.
Dr Patterson has created several projects for VI young people to share their strengths and innovations. The ideas generated via his curriculum design were included in the international ‘Sightbox’ he designed as a ‘toolkit for access to sports and education’, making the school an international hub for research and development and creating a space for other innovators to share ideas with Sightbox in 20+ countries.