I have taught science in a range of secondary schools and been an advisory science teacher in North London.
I moved into primary education and have enjoyed classroom teaching and being a science coordinator.
I have other early career experiences in hospital personnel management and publishing.
In 2006 I moved to Middlesex University on the Initial Teacher Education programmes. Here I teach science and science education and work alongside teachers when our students are on school based training.
I am developing changes to our SEN teaching on various modules and am currently designing a new module on SEN for our second year undergraduates.
To extend our students' experiences I am now building links with several Special Schools with a view to commencing short placements for certain students.
I have recently taken on a role as an External Examiner of Primary Science for UWE.
Learning & Teaching Interests
I teach on most of the Primary and Early Years science modules for our four programmes:
BA (Hons) Primary Education, BA (Hons) Early Years, PGCE Primary Education and PGCE Early Years Educatation. All of these programmes lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).
I also teach aspects of special educational needs on the Professional Studies module for BA and PGCE students.
I am heavily involved in working with students, class teachers and mentors during school based training.
I teach science on the Graduate Teacher Programme run at Middlesex by LoNoCo.
Research Outputs & Interests
My MA research was into factors that promote and inhibit exploratory talk when primary aged children plan a science investigation in a small group.
I am also interested in developing student teachers' subject knowledge and confidence. I am investigating self assessment and ways of grouping students to promote faster learning of science and science education.