A best-selling writer on children’s issues, Jean Gross has been a teacher, an educational psychologist, head of children’s services in a local authority, and a Visiting and Associate Fellow at three universities. She was formerly the government’s Communication Champion for children, responsible for promoting the importance of good language skills. Before this she headed a charity responsible for one-to-one literacy and numeracy tuition programmes, and led work on overcoming barriers to achievement as a Director of the government’s National Strategies. Here she led work on SEND and the development of national approaches to social and emotional learning in schools. Her interests are in the systematic application of evidence-based approaches to tackling disadvantage and under-achievement. She was awarded a CBE for services to education in 2011.