Paul has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 2008. Prior to that, he spent twenty-four years as a science teacher where he taught all three sciences to GCSE, and Chemistry to A-level. On the management front, he was Head of the Science Faculty and has cross-school responsibility.
Paul is Quality Lead for the Teacher Education Department. In addition he is also Academic Resource Lead across Sheffield Institute of Education. His teaching expertise involves designing and delivering modules covering chemistry subject knowledge and pedagogy. He mainly works with students perusing the longer routes into teaching (BSc) and also supports PGCE students as an academic tutor and delivers some specialist sessions.
Specialist areas of interest
Paul has a particular interest in chemistry knowledge strands that develop and progress through Key Stages 3 to 5. He believes that identifying the sources of misconceptions and seeking links between various chemical concepts are two essential aspects of good teaching. His preferred area is organic chemistry and he believes that practical work develops a valuable skill set to complement theoretical knowledge.
Principal Lecturer in Secondary Science Education (Chemistry)
Moderation and support of Science placement
Previously Teach First Subject Tutor and Lecturer
Previously Course leader and Admissions Tutor for Science with Education and QTS BSc
Paul's MA investigated the perceptions of longer route science trainees entering the profession as newly qualified teachers. It assessed the appropriateness of models depicting development of subject knowledge and pedagogic content knowledge, and probed the importance of the affective dimension in preparing trainees.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the ASE
Paul represents Teacher Education at faculty health, safety and welfare committee meetings