I jointly led the successful efficacy trial, 'Thinking, Doing, Talking Science' (2102-15), which was funded by the Education Endowment Fund. We worked with 42 Oxfordshire primary schools, using a randomised control trial methodology. This showed a positive impact on the attainment of the pupils in science, together with a positive impact on their attitudes to science. Overall, the Year 5 pupils in schools using the approach made approximately three additional months’ progress. This work is continuing and has been scaled up for the effectiveness trial (2016-18) which involves 200 schools in 7 areas of the country, with more than 10,000 Year 5 pupils participating in a randomised controlled trial.
I was a research consultant on the London G&T project: ‘Teaching Language through Thinking: Supporting and Challenging Advanced EAL Learners in Science’ (2010-11), funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust.
I led the research project: ‘Challenge in Primary Science’, funded by London Gifted & Talented (2006-8)
I jointly led the research project: 'What Makes an Exemplary Teacher of Science?' (2006)
- Creativity and challenge in primary science education
- Gifted and talented education
- Assessment for learning
Research grants and awards
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science efficacy trial (2013-15) and effectiveness trial (2016-18), funded by the Education Endowment Foundation.
Conceptual Challenge in Primary Science (2002-4), funded by the AstraZeneca Science Teaching Trust
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science efficacy trial (2013-15) and effectiveness trial (2016-18)
What Makes an Exemplary Teacher of Science? (2006)
Conceptual Challenge in Primary Science (2002-4)
Thinking, Doing, Talking Science:
Challenge in primary science lessons: The Bright Ideas Time