Sheffield education expert to retire

Norman Perrin, chief esecutive at the Paces centre in High Green
Norman Perrin, chief esecutive at the Paces centre in High Green
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The founder of a Sheffield specialist education centre which has gained an international reputation is to retire at the end of the month.

Norman Perrin was a driving force behind the creation of the Paces centre for Conductive Education in High Green in 1997.

It teaches children and young people with motor dysfunctions and cerebral palsy and is run as a specialist charity.

Mr Perrin, Paces chief executive, has been praised for his efforts to help such children successfully become independent adults.

His proudest moment came when he was awarded the status of Honorary Conductor of the International Petö Institute at the 8th World Congress of Conductive Education in Munich last October.

Paces chair of trustees John Biggin said: “Norman’s leadership of Paces Sheffield has brought many successes, not least of which was just last year when the school was recognised as outstanding in all aspects of its assessment by the Ofsted inspectors.

“His experience and knowledge has been invaluable in our mission to make Paces Sheffield a world-class institution for the practice of, training in and research into conductive education that supports children and adults with cerebral palsy, as well as their families.”

Mr Perrin’s replacement will be Gavin Teesdale, who takes on the post from next Monday.