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DR. Sophie Franklin

Research Director

Sophie joined the Trust as a sponsored postgraduate student in October 2010, after obtaining a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol. As part of her chemistry degree, Sophie took part in the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme and has continued to be a STEM ambassador since. Sophie's dissertation, titled; "After the removal of the Key Stage 2 science SATs, is the 'practical approach' the best way to educate, inspire and assess?" gave her an exciting insight into the primary science classroom and from there she developed a passion for teaching and inspiring young scientists and teachers alike. Sophie obtained a Masters degree from the University of Bristol in September 2011, evaluating the long-term impact and sustainability of some of the Trust's work. She then completed her Ph.D. in September 2016, focusing on science teaching and teachers in primary schools across the UK. In her role as Cluster Director, Sophie is overseeing the Trust’s new Cluster Programme which aims to support primary science across groups of schools, encouraging collaboration, support and sustainability.

Sophie has engaged with hundreds of students and teachers both nationally and internationally; including participating in the SEEDS (Systemic Education and Extra-Mural Development and Support) Scifest Africa Outreach Project, performing chemistry shows and teacher workshops in rural schools in South Africa. Sophie has also worked with students and teachers from township schools in Namibia at the National Science Technology and Innovation Week (NAMSCI).