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Helen Harden



I joined the Department of Education in 2018 as part of the University of York Science Education Group (UYSEG).

I have extensive experience in the development of teaching and learning resources for students aged 10 to 18 as well as curriculum innovation and design.

I have been an active member of the Association of Science Education for over twenty years including as chair of the 11 to 19 committee. In 2021 I was appointed as chair elect of the association.


After graduating from the University of Cambridge in Natural Sciences I completed a PGCE via the university’s department of education before working as a science teacher and Head of Chemistry in Hertfordshire comprehensive schools.

During my time teaching I became involved in the 21st Century Science project which led to a freelance career in writing and developing science education resources for students from age 10 to 18.

My particular area of expertise is curriculum design and I currently combine working part-time for UYSEG with curriculum consultancy to both UK-based and international organisations.

Departmental roles

I am currently the chemistry lead for the large, research informed curriculum development project: Best Evidence Science Teaching (BEST).

Contact details

Department of Education
University of York
YO10 5DD