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 takes on a new challenge for the Trust as Regional Mentor for North Wales. This role will allow her to work collaboratively with teachers to promote and inspire them to deliver practical primary science, particularly linking science to cross-curricular topics and active learning outdoors. This role also embraces assisting teachers with pedagogy, assessment and planning in line with the implementation of the Curriculum for Wales 2020.
When not working for PST,T she can be found Nordic Walking, practising yoga, cycling or playing with her grandchildren.