Mary began her career in mainstream schools and then specialised in the area of SEND. She has worked for a number of Local Authorities as an advisor/inspector for SEND.
Mary’s work has focused on curriculum development and assessment and she has worked with central government on revisions to the original National Curriculum, P-Scales and the introduction of the End of Key Stage Assessments.
She worked closely with SENJIT at the University College Institute of Education to develop Provision Management in mainstream and special schools.
Mary has provided training and ongoing support to mainstream schools to review their deployment of teaching assistants and introduce new ways of working in the light of the DISS research.
She was accredited as a School Improvement Partner and continues to work with mainstream and special schools in this role.
Mary is a tutor on the NUT’s CPD programme in areas of SEND and inclusive teaching.
Since the publication of the new SEND Code of Practice, Mary has worked with Local Authorities and individual schools to explore what constitutes Quality First Teaching for All, identification and assessment of SENDs, setting outcomes and evaluating the quality of schools’ SEND provision.