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Sue Cottrell

Sue is a highly self-motivated education consultant with a wealth of curriculum, assessment, qualifications, learning and teaching expertise, gained through working at a national level. She has a strong background in training and resource development, and in-depth knowledge of education systems and priorities in Wales. 

From 1992 to 2012, Sue worked as an External Subject Expert for Welsh Government and its predecessors (CCW, ACCAC, etc.). In this role, she led on curriculum, assessment and qualification development in music and performing arts 3 to 19 (including programmes such as CânSing and ArtsPlus), researched and authored the 2010 Report of the Music Policy Review Group, and managed the publication of approximately 30 titles to support teachers in Wales. More recently, Sue has worked as a Literacy and Numeracy Partner on the National Support Programme in Wales, developed rich-tasks for the Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Learning Wales, an on-line toolkit for Arts Council Wales, and materials for Cast Cymru. She has delivered a wealth of training for teachers and local authorities, including courses on the LNF, teaching and learning in the arts, developing thinking and assessment for learning. 

Sue continues to work for Welsh Government on commissioned resources for music, music technology and performing arts, and for Ofqual as an External Subject Expert. She is an Ofsted and Estyn trained team inspector, primary and secondary, and a Trustee for Community Music Wales. Sue’s publications include Partnerships in the Classroom (British Journal of Music Education, 1998) and Can I tell you about Stammering? and Can I tell you about Stuttering? for Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2013). She has also authored schools content for the BBC including Jam, Treasure Island and Macbeth. Prior to going freelance, Sue taught music and drama in three secondary schools, as class teacher and head of department. She is a Welsh learner.