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dr. alison trew

Area Mentor for Somerset, Dorset, Devon & Cornwall

Alison started her career as a research scientist, namely as a biochemist, and worked for nine years on various cutting-edge medical research projects in different English universities. After a break for family, she trained to teach primary children and has taught all ages from reception to year 6. She was science subject leader at her school in Devon and led the school to a PSQM Silver Award in 2013. She was awarded the Primary Science Teaching Award in 2014.

Alison has embraced many opportunities to develop primary science teaching. She has provided workshops and seminars at ASE, PSTT and STEM conferences and school INSET. She has worked with the Teaching Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) team at Bath Spa University developing focused assessment tasks. Alison has written for teacher journals, the PSTT ‘Why & How Newsletter’ and ‘WOWScience’ blogs. She is co-author of ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’ and a chapter in the revised ‘ASE Guide to Primary Science Education’.

Alison currently teaches on the Somerset SCITT PGCE and School Direct programmes and has supported Initial Teacher Training at the Universities of Plymouth Marjon and Exeter.

Since 2016, Alison has been the PSTT Area Mentor for the South West supporting PSTT Fellows in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

In 2018, Alison took on a new challenge for the Trust as Website Resources Developer. This role will enable Alison to revise existing PSTT resources and to develop new ones. Several new webpages have already been added to the PSTT website including "Floorbooks", "I bet you didn’t know…" and "Science Reading Challenge".

Alison’s expertise in primary science includes assessment of primary science, types of science enquiry, using floorbooks, famous scientists, and cutting-edge science research. She would be delighted to hear from anyone wanting to develop science teaching in these areas.


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Working scientifically
  • Assessment
  • Staff CPD
  • Physics
  • Science Enquiry
  • Cutting-edge science research

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



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