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Barbara Firth

Barbara joined the ESU in 2011. Her teaching career, which spans over forty years, started in Hackney, East London as a Drama, Integrated Studies and English teacher.

In 2002 she joined Enfield Local Education Authority as a senior manager in the School Improvement Service to implement their Excellence in Cities Programme. It was through her work there that she became aware of the work of the English-Speaking Union.

Barbara’s particular passion is to ensure that more able children and young people have the provision and opportunities to achieve their very best whatever their background or circumstances. To this end she has worked as an associate of the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) for the last 12 years.

Her international portfolio includes training teachers in Saudi Arabia and The Hague. Currently she is an independent educational advisor and is the vice-chair on the governing body of a secondary academy.

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