Taught in English, Canadian and American secondaries in the 50s.
Education lecturer at Exeter, and then Oxford, universities in the 60s. HM schools inspector from 1970, chief inspector 1981-86.
Became first woman to head a polytechnic in 1987 as director of South Bank Polytechnic. Made a Conservative life peer in 1991. President Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, 1994-2001.