Karen has a strong background in the education sector, with a particular focus on the improvement of outcomes for those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and disadvantaged groups of children and young people. Since being awarded a SEN diploma in 2002, and the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2004, she has worked as Strategic Lead for SEN Improvement at Gloucestershire County Council leading the South West hub delivery on Achievement for All, Lead for Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Training Provider and SEN Advisor for Targeted Intervention for Schools in an Ofsted category.
At Achievement for All, Karen has been a Regional Lead for the South West and now National Director with a remit of quality-assurance across the delivery of all charity programmes across all age groups from Early Years programmes, school programmes, post 16 programmes across England and Wales. These programmes provide support and coaching for schools to meet the needs of all children and young people in their communities, including those with SEND and Looked After Children. Since joining the charity she has been directly responsible for the delivery and quality assurance of Achievement for All’s programmes in over 3,000 schools, co-written the Pupil Premium Review, and has spoken at various regional and national events.