I am a member of the Department of Education, with a particular interest in Science Education at secondary level.
Since completing my Physics degree and PGCE I have taught physics and science in schools and college as well as working in science curriculum development and publishing, including editing School Science Review and developing the innovative A level course, Advancing Physics. I have always been interested in the relationship between assessment and teaching and have been Chief Examiner for GCSE Physics and for GCSE Twenty First Century Science during the pilot stage. I returned to the classroom in 2006 to teach Physics before joining the University of York in September 2009
I am project director for York Science, a curriculum development project that is developing resources to support teachers in embedding formative assessment in their teaching and in their planning. I am also project director for the Twenty First Century Science Project, which developed a flexible curriculum for GCSE Science, to meet the needs of both citizens and future scientists. This role includes liaising with the publishers, Oxford University Press and the awarding body, OCR. I am a member of the Editorial Board for Physics Review.
I am interested in how assessment influences what takes place in the classroom, both the use of formative assessment and the role of external assessment (GCSE and A level).