Tina joined the Ear Foundation in April 2013 as a Teacher of the Deaf working primarily with the NDCS. Special Interests include • Quality standards and quality assurance, both for integrated resources and for services for deaf children and young people • Early years and primary education • Working with families of deaf children, drawing on her experience of having a profoundly deaf sister who was implanted as an adult. • Closing the educational gap between deaf children and their hearing peers Relevant history Degree in psychology, followed by a PGCE for qualified teacher status. Later became a Teacher of the Deaf. 1975 - 1988 Mainstream teacher and then SENCO in various schools in the Wirral and Sheffield. 1988 - 2013 She worked as a Teacher of the Deaf in both integrated resources and mainstream. Whilst a peripatetic teacher she covered the whole age range from a few weeks old, to 16+ She became first deputy, and then head, of the Sheffield Service for Deaf and Hearing Impaired Children and later took additional responsibility for Early Years inclusion for all special educational needs in Sheffield. She has been an educational consultant used by other Local Authorities to review their services, and she chaired the local CHSWG. She has for many years been an active contributor to national statutory assessment, disability rights and inclusion issues working with the Department of Education and other agencies.