From her first teaching post in 1967, Liz has managed curriculum initiatives that have opened up opportunities for young people to aspire to high personal achievement. In her first headship at Altwood Church of England Comprehensive School (1993-2001), she worked on national guidelines for formative assessment and target-setting. Now, as headteacher of Newstead Wood School, she continues her commitment to raising achievement for all young people, especially for the exceptionally able. Newstead has Engineering and Languages Specialisms and is a Gifted and Talented Lead School for the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. Liz is a National Leader of Education and Newstead is a National Support School, working in partnership with London secondary schools, to raise aspirations and achievement for the capital's young people. Liz encourages students and staff to work creatively and to lead the development of innovative educational practice. In June 2014 Liz was presented with a CBE, Queen’s Award for services to education.