International Speakers

Five key speakers have accepted invitations to give keynote presentations at each of the conferences. The speakers have had considerable experience working with both primary school children and primary school teachers. Collectively they have contributed significantly to the resources that are available for teachers in primary science. They are recognised nationally and internationally as being leaders in the field of primary science education.

International Speakers

Brenda Keogh

Stuart Naylor

Brenda Keogh & Stuart Naylor

Brenda Keogh has worked as a primary teacher, lab technician, advisory teacher and National Curriculum consultant. Stuart Naylor has worked as a secondary teacher, lab technician and advisory teacher and taught in the USA. Brenda and Stuart both have extensive experience in teacher education and as researchers, writers, publishers, consultants and CPD providers. Now they work as Millgate House Education, with a reputation for innovative publications, thought-provoking CPD and creative ways of enhancing teaching, learning and assessment

Martin Braund
Martin Braund

Martin Braund is Senior Lecturer in Science Education at the University of York where he leads programmes at asters and undergraduate levels. He taught in three comprehensive schools for eighteen years and was Head of Science at Boroughbridge High School in North Yorkshire. He was closely involved in writing materials for Salters Science and was Honorary Senior Research Fellow with the Assessment of Performance Unit in Science at the University of Leeds. After completing a research degree in Science Education at Leeds, he joined North Yorkshire LEA as an Advisory Teacher for Science, Techonology and Assessment. In 1994 he was appointed as Senior Lecturer at Bretton Hall College of the University of Leeds where he led the science education and environmental science teams. His research interests include: teaching biology, transitions in science education, museum education, discussion and argumentation and teacher effectiveness. He has directed projects investigating primary/secondary transition in science education, teaching about ideas and evidence and, most recently, discussion in primary science. He is the author of papers in several international journals, has published three acclaimed books and is Editor of the journal, Science Teacher Education.

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Tanya Shields
Tanya Shields

Tanya Shields is currently an Advisory Teacher for the Children Challenging Industry (CCI) project at the University of York. Her responsibilities include delivering classroom-based training for primary school teachers in the Humber region. Most recently, Tanya has been involved in the planning and delivery of training for the Discussions in Primary Science (DiPS) project funded by AZSTT and has worked closely with the target schools to develop effective classroom based discussions. Tanya is also responsible for developing and leading a number of Primary Science course at the National Science Learning Centre. In 2007 Tanya worked with Millgate House Education Ltd on the BA (British Association) Crest (CREativity in Science and Technology) Star Investigators and is currently the regional trainer for the Puppet Project Talking Science, Engaging Science. After graduating in 1998, from Nottingham Trent University, Tanya worked as a primary teacher in North Lincolnshire. In addition to her role on the Senior Management Team she also had whole school responsibility for Science, Gifted and Talented provision and KS1/KS2 transition. In July 2006 Tanya successfully completed her National Professional Qualification for Headship. (NPQH)

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National Key Speaker
Terry Crooks
TERRY CROOKS

Terry Crooks is a Professor of Education at the University of Otago, and co-director of the Educational Assessment Research Unit and the National Education Monitoring Project. He has been on the staff at Otago for 35 years. His research interests include ways to improve student learning and its assessment, and understanding the impact of educational assessments on learners. He has served as president of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education, and on national committees or working parties relating to assessment in education (for the Minister of Education, Ministry of Education, NZQA and PPTA). A recent focus has been helping to improve the NCEA and Scholarship qualifications.

 

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