Steve began his career in education almost 40 years ago as a primary school teacher and had become an advisory teacher by the time the first National Curriculum was introduced in 1988. He went on to become a Local Authority Adviser for English and a primary school adviser and gained extensive experience of inspection of primary, secondary and special schools. He had particular responsibility for improving literacy and helped to pioneer the introduction of Reading Recovery in the UK during the mid-1990s.
In 1998, Steve was appointed as one of the National Literacy Strategy’s first Regional Directors and later succeeded John Stannard as National Director for Literacy before becoming a Senior Director in the Primary National Strategy. After returning to Local Authority work as Head of School Effectiveness, he joined the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) in 2006 where he worked on the primary National Curriculum and on strengthening teacher assessment from Early Years to Key Stage 3. At the end of 2010, he was appointed as Head of the National Assessment team at Ofqual, responsible for the independent regulation and review of statutory assessment arrangements from the Early Years Foundation Stage up to the end of Key Stage 2.
Steve retired from Ofqual towards the end of 2014 and now works part-time as an independent educational consultant. He has provided training for many senior leaders in primary schools on the implications of new assessment and accountability arrangements. He remains passionate about developing a rich curriculum experience for children and young people and about how assessment can be used to improve teaching and learning.