David Bara

Mr David Bara

Senior Lecturer

Special Educational Needs

Department of Early Childhood & Education , School of Education and Communities

David Bara is a senior lecturer in special needs in the School of Education and Communities.


  • BA, PGCE, MEd

Areas Of Interest

  • Childhood cancer
  • Special needs
  • Issues and impact surrounding child and young people's cancer (CYP)
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I am a former SEND teacher and have worked with many types of special needs children including those with cancer, special needs and mental health issues. I have developed analytical skills, observational skills and developed systems in order to produce successful systems outcomes for the service/end users.

My research focuses around paediatric oncological including but not limited to the late effects of cancer, mental issues on all family members, the impact on siblings and rehabilitation issues facing the family.


I am currently conducting research into the quality of life issues of children and their families.

My core research is the issues and impact surrounding child and young people's cancer(CYP), from this core I explore education and public health matters that arise from this including the impact on the CYP, their siblings, parents and grandparents.


  • Play in Healthcare: an Insider's Perspective. Bara D. 2018. Paediatric FOAMed.
  • The Hidden Cost of Cancer: The Siblings' Story, A mother's Narrative on How Three of her Children Journeyed Through Their 14-Year-Old Sister's 9-Month Journey From Ill Health to Death and Beyond. Bara D. 2018. Illness, Crisis & Loss - Sage.
  • In My Hours of Need, I Was Robbed of My Family, Friends, Beliefs and Education. A Mother's Narrative on Her 14-Year-Old Daughter's 9-Month Journey From Ill Health to Death. Bara D . 2017. Illness, Crisis & Loss - Sage.
  • Understanding the rehabilitation issues facing paediatric neuro-oncology patients and survivors, the parents' perspective' Neuro-oncology; Neuro-oncology.oxfordjournals.org Online ISSN: 1523-5866 Print ISSN: 1522-8517


MA Special Educational Needs

This course will help you understand a range of issues such as autism, dyslexia, social and emotional mental health issues, and inclusion.

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