Ms Anderson has been an educator for over 20 years. She has worked with a wide range of children and schools as a classroom teacher, deputy head, regional advisor for literacy and, since 2014, she has devoted much of her time to initial teacher education and research. She previously served as assistant professor in the School of Education, Durham University. There she led English for Primary Education and worked with hundreds of future teachers. She provided professional guidance for teachers through the authorship of books and leading academic research and focused on helping teachers develop their skills for working with children who have English as an Additional Language.