Prior to her current job, Kate was a Headteacher for 18 years who ran an outstanding school in Reading. She was a National Leader of Education for 8 years, supporting colleagues across the South East facing a variety of challenges. Her school was a National Support School and then a Teaching School which Kate ran for 3 years. She was an Additional OfSTED inspector for 15 years with a particular focus on early years, leadership and data. She also completed the pilot Associate HMI training. Kate held 6 Executive Headships in schools in difficulty, either supporting them to be removed from an OfSTED category or to rapidly improve pupil outcomes. She has delivered a number of programmes for the National College, including the assessment and designation of School Improvement Partners, facilitating courses for Headteachers new to the profession and courses for Executive Headteachers. For 4 years she was a part time additional School Improvement Adviser for a Local Authority. She was a member of the DfE Bureaucracy Review Group, 3 years as Vice Chair. In addition, Kate was a member of OfSTED’s Headteacher reference group for three years and was a panel member of the Bew Review in 2011-12 which reviewed assessment and testing at Key Stage 2. In 2014, Kate was asked by the then government to chair a national panel to write new standards for Teaching Assistants. In 2016, she was part of the Marking policy Review Group that made national recommendations to support the reduction of teacher workload.
She was an associate director of the National Education Trust, delivering training to school leaders across the country, speaking at events and writing educational articles. Kate was a board member of FASNA for 2 years and chaired the Academies Show in Birmingham and London. In 2015 she was appointed as a founding trustee of the College of Teaching. In 2016, she completed a book about early years teaching and leadership which is now published.