Bachelor in English with honors, Oxford (England) University, 1959. Master of Arts in English, London University, 1979.
Head of English in upper school Holland Park School, London, 1975-1986. Chief examiner for general certified for secondary education English London Examination Board, 1987-1991. Researcher Institute Education, London, 1991-1993.
General secretary National Association Teaching of Englisn, Sheffield, England, since 1992. Freelance journalist, Sheffield. Consultant, School Curriculum and Assessment Authority, London, British Broadcasting Corporation.
Principal examiner for English, Northern Exam Board, 1995-1998.
Married Michael Cecil John Barnes. Children: Hugh, Kate.