I have been in the field of education for over 30 years. Having graduated from Plymouth St Mark and St John with a B.Ed (Hons) majoring in Primary Education, English and Art I then worked in Khartoum, Sudan, as a teacher in a private school for one year. When I returned to the UK I then spent nine years in London and the Home Counties teaching in Primary Schools. I had a number of coordinator positions including science, technology, art and design, and then as a Deputy Head and SENCO in 1994. Special Needs then became a core theme across all the posts I was appointed to.
In 1997 I moved to Calderdale as Headteacher at a small rural junior school. This meant juggling classroom teaching as well and leadership and management. It was at this stage in my career that I became interested in assessment and engaging pupils, teachers and parents in the process. Following this first post, as a Headteacher, I moved to Lancashire initially as Headteacher at a primary school and then as Senior Manager for Lancashire overseeing the Primary Pupil Referral Units until 2010.
In August 2010 I moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE, as a Leadership Advisor for Nord Anglia on a short term contract. At the end of the contract with Nord Anglia, I spent some time deciding on my next position. During this time I became a manager of a dive centre, as my other passion is diving.
In April 2012 I was then offered the position of Director of Education setting up a new provision (an early intervention program) for children with additional needs, at a private centre in Dubai. It is a dynamic position as it involves engaging with UAE / Dubai ministries to develop further services to meet the needs of our clients. We worked closely with parents and families to support our children and hopefully enable them to access mainstream schools. During my seventh year of this post, I decided to return to the UK to focus on my studies and complete the research.
Having always been passionate about inclusion and working with parents, this has become the focus for the EdD.
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