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Edwyn Anderton

Dr Edwyn Anderton BSc, MPhil, PhD, ALCM

Senior Lecturer in Primary and Early Years Education


Initially trained in chemistry, Edwyn moved to primary education and taught in a variety of primary and early year's settings before joining Sheffield Hallam in 2000.


I currently teach on teacher training courses covering primary school and early years science. My roles are to show how to teach science to young children and cover the background knowledge the students need in order to teach the Primary National Curriculum. However, I also endeavour to develop the students' enthusiasm for science and science teaching, and to show them that science can be interesting and fun when approached in the right way.

I always wanted to teach and specifically to teach young children. I could have chosen an education degree but opted for a degree in chemistry with the aim of following it with a PGCE in primary education. This was because I enjoyed chemistry so much at A-level I wanted to study it further.

Towards the end of my degree, I was offered the chance to study for a PhD.  After the PhD I then returned to my original plan and took a PGCE in primary education. This was followed by ten years as a primary school teacher, before joining Sheffield Hallam University as a primary and early years science tutor.

Specialist areas of interest

Primary and Early Years science - Pedagogic and subject knowledge for teachers. Particular interests in chemistry and astronomy


Department of Teacher Education

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Other activities

Edwyn sits on the Royal Society of Chemistry's 'Primary Teachers Advisory Group'.  He is also involved in their production of teaching resources for Primary Teachers.

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