“I’m proud of what I’ve achieved for individual members over the years,” says Sue. “99 per cent of my work is unseen and what I’ve achieved through casework and representing members.
“It’s been daunting at times, it’s been upsetting, but when you achieve something for that person I’m really pleased for them.
“I have to deal with members who are receiving emails and texts from senior leadership of the school at ten o’clock on a Sunday night.
“Technology can be of use, but it has to be of use in the right context,” says Sue.
“In a good school it get used well, but in a school that has issues it can become of a demand on teachers - and that’s down to management.
“You do find it can be a form of bullying - putting more pressure on a member.”
Sue isn’t hopeful about the future of schools - she is concerned about increased privatisation, more tests for younger children, more unqualified teachers in the classroom and less job security for teachers.
“The way the educational landscape is changing there is going to be less funding and more redundancies - well, we’re not going to sit back and do nothing,” says Sue.
“Academies have been to the detriment of education - it’s about the privatisation of education and the break-up of Local Education Authorities.
“Today we have Ofsted - you even breathe the word in a school and it gets people on edge.
“We used to have Her Majesty’s Inspectors who used to come into schools - they were practitioners who worked their way up through the system.
“They were valued because they gave concrete advice and were always welcomed in schools.
“Now you have mock Ofsteds, mini Ofsteds, and it’s going to get far worse because any school that’s considered a coasting school - which has yet to be defined - will be forced to become can academy,” she says.
“Parkinson Lane is a thriving community school that’s not an academy - you have to ask if they can create such a wonderful school community, you do have to question why there’s such a push for academisation.”
James Wilson will be replacing Sue as divisional secretary when she steps down on July 16.