dr. alison trew

Website Resources Developer and Area Mentor for Dorset (West), Devon & Cornwall

Before teaching, Alison worked as a research biochemist on various projects; cancer, pre-eclampsia and Alzheimer’s disease, and delivered biochemistry tutorials to medical students. She left research behind when she had her family and after a few years trained as a teacher.

Alison chose to work in primary because she loves helping young children explore and wants to help them develop enquiring minds. She has taught all ages from reception to Year 6 and starts a new job at Seaton Primary School (Devon) in summer 2016, teaching science to Year 6 children.

Since winning PSTA 2014, Alison has embraced many opportunities within PSTT to develop primary science. She leads a cluster of eight primary schools in Devon and Dorset supporting subject leaders developing science in their schools. She has provided CPD at the World Teach In event, ASE Conference, Exeter University for PGCE students and INSET in local schools. Alison is also working with the Learning Science team (http://www.learnsci.co.uk/) developing a new primary science website and liaises with TAPS (Bath Spa University) on focused assessment tasks. Alison is Area Mentor for PSTT Fellows in Dorset (West), Devon & Cornwall – a large geographical area – but Alison organises termly meetings so that fellows can share ideas and she is supporting one fellow in an action research project (Looking for Learning).


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Working scientifically
  • Assessment
  • Staff CPD

Becoming a PSTT fellow has given me the confidence and opportunity to work with subject leaders in other schools and the more I do this, the more I am being approached for CPD in new places - it is a snow-ball effect. I feel privileged to be part of an organisation that is having a positive impact on children’s learning in primary science.

Dr. Alison Trew