Pat was a Science teacher in a large 11 - 18 comprehensive in the West Country for twenty-one years before joining Sheffield Hallam University. She had a number of responsibility roles in Science, including KS3 / KS4 Co-ordinator and Head of Post-16 Biology as well as pastoral responsibilities.
She has been involved in Initial Teacher Education for many years, initially as a mentor for the Open University, then with the University of Bath where she worked as Science Tutor on the Middle Years Science course for a year.
She studied for an MA in Education with the Open University while teaching and has extensive experience of classroom based action research, with a particular interest in the development of pupil talk in science classrooms. Pat's most recent post in school was as Training Manager, having a responsibility for coordinating ITT, NQT induction and whole staff CPD.
She joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2008 and is currently the course leader for the PGCE sciences. In this role she has worked to develop students' skills as they make the transition from writing as scientists to reading and writing as social scientists in the field of education in addition to the usual coordination and delivery of specialist subject sessions and more general professional sessions.
Pat has a particular interest in exploring the current issues with the teaching of secondary biology and how beginning teachers can develop their classroom approaches.
She also works with a local sixth form college to coordinate a link between the university and the college in order to help develop higher level skills in students engaged in the Extended Project
Her area of interest is the teaching of biological science in secondary schools and the possible implications for teacher training.
She is also interested in the transition from sixth form to higher education.