I was previously a science (physics) teacher for 18 years with experience in a number of schools across the region and in the south west. Most recently, I was an assistant head teacher and curriculum leader for science at specialist Science College in Leeds. I completed the National Professional Qualification for Headship in 2007 with a view to progressing in leadership but decided instead to stay involved with specifically science education.
I came to the university in 2008 initially as a full-time professional development leader within the Science Learning Centre Yorkshire and the Humber, but over the past three years I have moved full-time into Teacher Education leading the suite of undergraduate courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status in the subjects of Mathematics, Science and Design Technology. This is a little known route which, each year, supplies high quality NQTs in these shortage subjects and beyond and I am proud and privileged to work with these trainees, our team of expert academic colleagues and partnership schools on a daily basis.
I continue to be passionate about physics, education and physics education and I was awarded a university Inspirational Teaching Award in 2014. I am also enjoying a more academic engagement within the field and I am about to submit my dissertation for a Professional Masters in Research in Education, the focus of which has been girls, physics and the teacher shortage.
As well as teaching physics and general education modules on the undergraduate teacher education courses, I have lead professional development across a range of areas including leadership and I have a particular interest in the subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogical development of non-specialist teachers of physics.
Specialist areas of interest
Gender in (physics) education