Nina Spilsbury has over 40 years’ experience of teaching age groups, from Nursery to Secondary, in both the West and East Midlands. She is an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and has been awarded Primary Science Teacher of the Year.
Nina was part of a reading recovery support team called O.W.L. (Our Way of Learning) and a National Literacy Consultant for several years working for Lincolnshire LEA.
Nina has written a book with Belle Wallace on Thinking Skills using TASC, and has written a paper on boy’s underachievement in Literacy.
Until recently Nina was a Senior Teacher at the Malcolm Sargent Primary School in Stamford, where she was an AST for Literacy and was responsible for Science and the Key Stage 1 co-ordinator. The school achieved PSQM GOLD and Nina was awarded Primary Science Teacher of the Year in 2011. Nina is a Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust (PSTT).
Nina led a cluster of schools for Science which has particularly been looking at SC1 in primary schools. The cluster produced a programme of outdoor activities for KS1 that supported both Science and Numeracy skills.
Nina has presented at York National Science Centre. Her DNA assessment journal has been adopted by other primary schools in the local area and is now shared with other schools attending courses at the National Science Centre. The schools’ approach to assessment is part of the TAPs assessment evidence.
More recently Nina has become a PSTT Area Mentor for the East of England. She has really enjoyed the opportunity of meeting and working with inspirational teachers in the area. She has also continued to work with the TAPs project and promote the Thinking Actively in Social Context (TASC) project as a tool for thinking and learning. Nina has also been working on a successful bid to develop a new teaching resource: “Science in my pocket.”