Janet Palmer is a qualified teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Educational Research. Prior to joining Ofsted in 2005 she taught in secondary schools, was a local authority adviser, and for seventeen years led the PGCE in social sciences, PSHE and citizenship at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
Janet also designed and led a diploma in pastoral education for teachers and social workers at MMU and a post graduate certificate in citizenship education. She was adviser to the former Department for Education and Science on the introduction of citizenship education and was commissioned by Ofsted to inspect the first PGCE citizenship ITT courses. She was a consultant to the QCA on the introduction of the GCSE and AS level citizenship courses and worked with the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and the Health Development Agency on the development and administration of the Certification of the Teaching of PSHE.
Janet’s areas of expertise include but not limited to Ofsted, SMSC development, PSHE and citizenship education, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, safeguarding through the curriculum, LGBT, sex and relationships education, CEIAG, British Values.