Announcement of new PSTT staff
Our current Primary Science Teacher College Director Kathy Schofield will be stepping down in autumn 2016 to spend more time with her family, she will still be an active Fellow of our College which we are delighted about.
However, the scope and activity of the Primary Science Teacher College has grown so rapidly that the Trust has decided that two new roles are needed to support the College, Programme Director and Academic Director, these roles expand significantly the remit of the College Director.
Therefore, we are delighted to announce that Alison Eley will become Academic Director and Sue Martin will become Programme Director both effective from August 2016.
Alison Eley has been a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College since 2012. She has developed and led four college funded projects, including “I can explain!” Alison’s teaching career has included being a science subject leader in primary schools in Somerset and South West London, and working in Initial Teacher Training as a senior lecturer in primary science at St. Mary’s University. She currently teaches at Hampton Hill Junior School, works with the PSTT and leads research and development for the Richmond Primary Teaching School Alliance. Alison has written for teacher journals, and is on the editorial board for Primary Science and the Journal of Emergent Science. Her particular areas of interest are children’s scientific literacy, and the development of evidence informed practice in primary science.
Sue Martin has been a Fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College since 2011. Her teaching career began as a secondary school science teacher; she became a Head of Physics before taking a career break to raise a family and deciding to move to the primary sector as a specialist science teacher. Sue worked as a Deputy Headteacher, during which time she was able to set up and run her own consultancy business, Wow Science! Becoming a full-time consultant, Sue ran CPD sessions and support for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 teachers, trainee teachers and teaching assistants, along with children’s workshops and holiday camps and shows. She has written and edited commercial materials for the TTS Group and Twig World and for various teaching magazines. Sue has been able to support schools as part of a PSTT funded project to develop investigative science in primary schools. Sue is currently the Headteacher of St Martin’s School in Bournemouth and continues to support a cluster of schools in the area.