Sylvia obtained 100 per cent in some of her English language A-level exams in 2005; these were the highest results in the history of the exam. This led to requests for her to tutor secondary school students in English. She was a key stage 3 to 5 English private tutor for over 10 years. She completed her LLB (Hons) law degree in 2009 and her Bar Vocational Course in 2011. She obtained her lifelong learning English for speakers of other languages and literacy postgraduate certificate in education in 2017. She started her MA in education at the University of Greenwich in October 2020. She is a recipient of the English-Speaking Union and NASUWT’s Walter Hines international education research scholarship, and is currently a Faculty of Education, Health and Human Sciences student research assistant at the University of Greenwich. Sylvia’s key area of interest is in strategies to improve the education attainment levels of children in care.