Pauline has worked in a variety of settings, including as a Teacher of the Deaf and as Headteacher of Ovingdean Hall School. She has spent the last twelve years as CEO of Ewing Foundation for deaf children: ‘This post has been very fulfilling, and I am grateful to have had the experience of helping to develop the work of this unique and special charity with the support and help of a wonderful team and Trustees.’
She has witnessed great change over the course of her career:
‘The advances in technology and knowledge of language acquisition are accelerating, and deaf learners’ potential to develop spoken language on a par with their hearing peers, and to access mainstream curricula, are improving all the time. In 1967, I could never have dreamt that profoundly deaf children could have age-appropriate speech and language by the time they started school. There has been amazing progress, but still much to be done.’
Pauline is not leaving deaf education entirely; she remains a Trustee of Ovingdean Hall Foundation, a grant-making charity which supports education projects for deaf children.