I began teaching in schools in 1974 and finished in 2007, retiring as headteacher of a large London infant school. Throughout my teaching career, I taught all ages from 3 to 18, although I eventually specialised in the Early Years. I was acting head and headteacher of three primary schools, as well as a Primary Consultant Headteacher, a Headteacher Appraisal Advisor and a School Improvement Partner. These roles involved working with a range of Primary and Secondary schools across London.
I became an Education Consultant in 2008 and worked on school improvement with Primary schools, funding bids with Middlesex University and the University of Bedfordshire, delivering training for senior school staff in "Managing People" and for Bursars in "Financial Management". I played an integral role in setting up a mentoring scheme for primary head teachers in Enfield.
For several years I was the secretary of the National Primary Heads (NPH) association, a role which involved meeting with senior politicians and their advisors, in both government and opposition, to promote the 'Primary Voice'.
In 2000, my school became involved with, and eventually became the lead school in, a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) collegiate, running a PGCE course and then a School Direct programme. I taught and tutored on both these courses.