I am the Curriculum Area Leader for the Secondary Science PGCE programme at the University of York. My role is to support and develop trainee teachers through their Initial Teacher Training year and ensure they enter the teaching profession as confident subject specialists. Trainees at York are encouraged to be reflective practitioners who are constantly learning and developing.
My role as the Curriculum Area Leader for the Secondary Science PGCE is part-time and for the rest of the week I am the project manager for the ASCENTS 1-2-1 GCSE mentoring project, here at the University of York. This is an EEF (Education Endowment Fund) funded project running across five UK universities. At York, the project works with local and regional schools to raise the attainment and aspirations of disadvantaged pupils.
Previously I was an Associate Lecturer at an International College, teaching biology and chemistry to EAL (English as an Additional Language) learners. Prior to that I spent 10 years teaching in 11-18 state secondary schools, in the Yorkshire region. Before entering the teaching profession I worked as a scientist in the USA and South Africa as well as completing my PhD at the University of York.