After graduating from Warwick University, Janet trained as a secondary history teacher and taught as both class teacher and head of department in schools in inner city Nottingham and London for 11 years before completing a post-graduate diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) and working as a special needs and specialist dyslexia teacher, developing assessment and interventions in a mixed London comprehensive school for young people with a range of learning needs.
In 2001 Janet co-founded the national charity Action Duchenne in order to support medical research into treatments for the rare genetic muscle wasting impairment Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
From 2008 - 2011 she managed the lottery funded 'Include Duchenne' project working with over 60 children with DMD, their families and schools across the UK through an online literacy intervention that she developed. Include Duchenne won the 2011 National Lottery Award for Education.
From 2011 - 2016 Janet co-managed the Transition to Adulthood project 'Takin' Charge' which worked with 80 young people with DMD aged 14 - 19 years, their parents through the 'Letting Go' project and their siblings through 'What about us?' Takin Charge was shortlisted for the 2016 National Lottery Award for Education. Janet is currently researching the impact of the new SEND Reforms on children and young people with Life Limiting impairments, and the experience of single parenthood in Higher Education. Janet is co-convenor of the Practitioners Research Group in the School of Education and Communities. Last Updated: 10/17