Marilyn taught for many years in Birmingham schools. She later became one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI). In this role she led national surveys, contributed to the Chief Inspector’s annual report and was Ofsted’s deputy national lead for English. Marilyn has been involved in multiple teacher-research projects. She was part of the Open University/UKLA Teachers as Readers research team (TaRs). She continues to work with schools on this social justice issue. Her own research interests include exploring the intersection between literacy practices and events in homes, schools and communities and the implications for classroom practices and pedagogies.