Emma has over 20 years’ experience of working in education in Birmingham. She is a Literacy Specialist with a wide range of school improvement skills and system leadership expertise in both the Primary and Secondary phases and extensive experience of Primary and Secondary school improvement at all levels. She is passionate about system leadership, a strong advocate of school to school support and a firm believer in collaboration and partnership working.
Emma began her career as a Secondary English teacher, teaching and taking on English and Literacy leadership roles in three large Birmingham comprehensive schools before joining the Local Authority, initially as a National Strategies Secondary English Consultant, later a cross-phase School Improvement Advisor. In 2011, Emma moved to the role of Teaching School Manager of the first Primary Cohort 1 Teaching School in Birmingham, and has also held Teaching School Co-ordination and School Improvement Advisory roles in a Secondary Cohort 1 Teaching School. She currently chairs the ACTS (Association of Central Teaching Schools) Managers’ group. In her Teaching School role, as well as her current post, Emma has had significant involvement in successful BEP city-wide school improvement projects, including the 2016/17 Reading Partners Project, 2018/19 SSIF2 Reading Project and the Academic Language in Humanities Project as part of BEP’s 2018/19 Secondary Offer.