For five years Sue was the national lead for mathematics 5-19 at the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) where she managed and quality assured substantial research, development and evaluation projects. She coordinated QCA’s work around STEM education.
She moved to QCA after ten years in higher education working with beginning primary and secondary teachers on undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and supporting experienced teachers working towards higher degrees through researching their own practice and developing their knowledge and understanding of mathematics and its pedagogy. For a short time she worked as a local authority adviser. She taught for ten years in a number of schools, including five years as head of mathematics in an 11-18 mixed comprehensive school where she worked closely with feeder primary schools initiating strategies for enabling primary-secondary transition and cross-phase approaches to assessment.
Sue is a long-standing active member of the Association of Teachers of Mathematics and currently chairs its General Council.