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KATHY SCHOFIELD

Regional Mentor

Kathy Schofield was awarded an AstraZeneca Primary Science Teaching Award in 2004, endorsed in 2015 by the Comino Foundation for her work with the PSTT College Fellows. She joined Trust staff in February 2013 as inaugural College Director after a long and varied career, namely as a research scientist for ICI, followed by Science Subject Leader in St Edwards, Runcorn and Senior Lecturer in Primary Science at MMU. During her time at MMU she achieved a STEM Masters degree, researching collaborative teaching and learning particularly through the use of dialogue.

After stepping down from her role as College Director, Kathy continued to work part-time for the Trust as Area Mentor for Northern Ireland, a role for which she is passionately enthusiastic. This role has been inspiring; developing the voice of the NI Fellows to affect change in their unique curriculum and giving them opportunities to work with other PSTT partners to support all NI teachers. One of the highlights of working with this group of Fellows was the publishing of Jim McDaid’s vision for a shared resource: ‘Where the story of Titanic meets Science Enquiry.’

In 2019 Kathy became Regional Mentor for North Wales. Her work involves collaborating with teachers to promote and inspire delivery of practical primary science, particularly linking science to cross-curricular topics and active learning outdoors. As Regional Mentor, Kathy supports teachers with pedagogy, assessment and planning, in line with the implementation of the Curriculum for Wales.

When not working for PST,T she can be found Nordic Walking, practising yoga, cycling or playing with her grandchildren.

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