After a career in Scottish education, including leadership at school, local authority and national levels, I was seconded to Learning and Teaching Scotland in 2002 to build professional capacity in assessment through the centrally-funded Assessment is for Learning programme (AifL).

My initial focus was on formative assessment, class-based assessment practice aimed at supporting learning. From 2004, as Professional Advisor on assessment to Scottish Executive Education Department (now part of Scottish Government) I worked in partnership with local authority officers and with academic staff responsible for initial teacher education programmes, to create a coherent system reconciling the different uses for assessment information.

Before becoming independent, I was Education Manager in Learning and Teaching Scotland during the initial development phase of Curriculum for Excellence and, for three years, I oversaw the programme of support for assessment, achievement and national qualifications.

Since 2010, my work has included research and development in association with Assessment-Europe [link to] and supporting professional practice in schools and early years centres through interactive enquiry programmes such as Assessment and Moderation Circles, Managing Moderation and Leading Learning through Practitioner Enquiry.

I gained my teaching qualification in secondary English and history from Jordanhill College of Education (now subsumed in the education department of the University of Strathclyde) and I’m registered with the General Teaching Council for Scotland. . My doctorate in education (EdD) is from the University of Glasgow and and I have Master’s degrees from it and the Open University.

I am a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors, a member of the Association for Educational Assessment – Europe and an associate of Assessment-Europe.