Carolyn Childs has taught in mainstream secondary and primary schools, in special schools and for time as a specialist pre-school teacher. As education advisor in a London Borough she was engaged in the development of provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities across all school sectors. As an LEA senior advisor her focus was on implementing primary curriculum development, planning and management.
As a primary school headteacher her particular commitment to early years education and to effective partnerships with parents led to the establishment of a nursery, and to curriculum access and child-care classes specifically for parents and carers.
For many years Carolyn ran her own education consultancy company. Her consultancy work mainly focused on supporting local authorities, groups and schools. Advising all aspects of school and professional development, she worked with senior staff, governors, leaders and managers focusing on raising standards by establishing effective leadership, good communication,high quality curriculum provision and excellence in teaching. She was a visiting lecturer at Croydon College and at Christchurch University College, Canterbury teaching on under-graduate and post-graduate courses. She was an Ofsted inspector in both the primary and secondary school sectors. She is a nationally accredited School Improvement Partner.
Carolyn has a life-long interest in health, well-being and physical education. She was engaged in the establishment of the National ‘Healthy Schools’ initiative. She is the author of a book on children’s food and nutrition. She is a contributory writer for a post-graduate text book on special educational needs and PE. She was an advisory reader for Hodder & Stoughton. She has designed, written and published primary curriculum planning and guidance materials for supporting teaching and learning about food, nutrition and healthy eating, Carolyn has recently retired but continues to mentor professional colleagues and remains a lecturer and international examiner in Sherborne Developmental Movement.