She is the daughter of Edward and Winefride Bleasdale. She went to a catholic girls' grammar school.
She taught English from 1982-7 at Bentley Wood High School in Harrow. From 1988-91 she was Head of English at Whitmore High School in Harrow.
From 1991-5 she was a lecturer at the University of York, becoming Director of Initial Teacher Training from 1995-7.
She became General Secretary of the ATL in 2003.
She married Donald Bousted in 1983. She and her husband are now separated. They have one daughter.
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