After qualifying in Britain as an English teacher, I soon found myself in the position of Head of Department and steering my team through the rigours of school inspections to be rewarded with ‘outstanding’. I am the youngest of nine children with a family that is spread out around the world, and a person with a huge sense of loyalty, genuine love of children, compassion for others and a commitment to ‘Every Child Matters’. As a result, I have preferred to stay with schools to see my remit through rather than seek new positions. Hence, in over more than twenty years, I have only worked in four schools albeit, ones with very different environments and needs. With a list far too long to mention of responsibilities and successes during that time, I became an Assistant Head Teacher with responsibilities for staff development and the school’s teacher training programme.