is a leader in education and the arts and Chair of the RSA Academies Board
She has an overview of the education landscape that few can match and has developed and put into practice nationally important aspects of curriculum, assessment and qualifications. Her work has been key to arts initiatives, particularly in encouraging creative reading and writing over many years.
Sue has steered the development of the primary and secondary national curriculum. She is the author of an influential assessment system for teachers which is widespread across schools in England. Her aim has always been to encourage children and young people to learn and achieve their best.
Sue is a passionate advocate for creativity and the arts, particularly the importance of a love of literature and reading. She has led national projects to promote reading, writers and drama for all children in schools. She is currently actively working with charities dedicated to promoting reading and a love of books.
Throughout her career Sue has made significant contributions on a wide range of significant issues and ideas in the teaching of English. Her publications have explored and defined principles and practice in teaching English. This was the focus of her PhD.
She is recognised as an international expert on reading and its assessment. Long involvement in the teaching and learning of literacy and English has led to Sue’s roles in a number of international projects on reading and writing.