Dr Glenda White PhD, BA (Hons), M.Ed (Hons), M.Litt, Dip. Lang. Dev., DCE taught in four primary schools in England and Scotland. She lectured for thirteen years in two Colleges of Education (Callander Park, Falkirk and Jordanhill, Glasgow), becoming Senior Lecturer in Primary Education in what is now the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Strathclyde University. In 1985 she joined Her Majesty’s Inspectorate, inspecting pre-five, primary and secondary schools in the West of Scotland and Dumfries and Galloway. Five years later she was appointed Chief Inspector of the Quality Assurance Unit of Strathclyde Regional Council. In her last full-time post, she was Head of School Development with South Lanarkshire Council having responsibility for 153 primary, special and secondary schools. On taking early retirement she became acting-headteacher of a ‘failing’ school before spending the next ten years evaluating and advising schools and education authorities on aspects of quality assurance, management and the curriculum. Finally retired, she undertook a doctoral thesis on David Stow (‘A sort of amateur schoolteacher’) and now continues her research and lecturing as an Honorary Fellow of both the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde.