After studying archaeology, Cecile became a residential care worker and teacher for children with special needs in Camphill Schools, Aberdeen. She then moved to Kent, where she set up a small independent special unit, teaching primary aged children who found it difficult to integrate within the mainstream school. Social pedagogy, which she experienced in Camphill, became an essential framework to articulate the pedagogical vision for the school. During this time she became intently aware of the lack of theorisation of learning within social pedagogy. This prompted her to start a PhD, where she explores how the ‘image of the child’ influences the work of professionals using social pedagogy.

Cecile is currently a PhD candidate at UCL Institute of Education and a Life skills and Participation Coach within St Christopher’s Fellowship.