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Sue Southwood

Programme Manger
Education and Training Foundation

Within her role in the Professional Standards and Workforce Development Sue is responsible for three key areas of work: maths, English and learners with SEND. 

The team supports the current teaching workforce through developing relevant continuing professional development resources and training that is grounded in current research as well as highlighting and dissemination effective practice.

She currently has responsibility for Maths enhancement programmes, English Enhancement programmes, maths pipeline work, Review of maths and English – “Making maths and English work” and Effective Practice Networks.

Sue is a trained literacy teacher and experienced manager with over 20 years’ experience in this field, Sue has led a variety of national programmes to develop and improve practice in adult English and maths. Her role is to advocate for adults with the lowest skills, to widen participation and improve quality in adult learning.

Sue trained as a teacher in 1986 and worked for Norfolk County Council where she taught Literacy and GCSE English to adults. She has held a number of posts including working as a Curriculum Manager for City and Islington College and spending a year in Spain as an EFL Teacher. 

Before joining NIACE in August 2004, Sue set up and managed workplace basic skills programmes for Northern Foods, Ford Motor Company and Transport for London. Sue tweets @SueSouthwood and runs a Functional Skills discussion group on Linkedin.