Education team

We’re committed to making inspiring, high-quality science education available to all young people.

Together with our partners, we:

Team contacts

Hilary Leevers

Head of Education and Learning

Ruth Birse

PA to Head of Education and Learning

Contact about:

general queries.

Lia Commissar

Programme Manager, Education and Neuroscience

Contact about:

education and neuroscience, Camden Heads of Science Network.

Nan Davies

Project Manager, Professional Development

Lily Ickowitz-Seidler

Project Manager, Primary Science Education

Contact about:

primary science.

Louise Stubberfield

Programme Manager, Primary Science Education

Contact about:

primary science, National STEM Learning Centre, Camden Primary Science Network.

Our work

Teacher expertise

All teachers and technicians should have regular, high-quality professional development throughout their career so that they can improve student learning.

Primary science

We’re working to transform the teaching of science in primary schools so that every pupil has an excellent first experience of science.

School governors and trustees

We support school governors and trustees to ensure their schools and colleges deliver high-quality science education.

Informal science learning

Informal learning experiences – like visiting museums, meeting scientists, watching YouTube videos and playing games – offer huge potential for young people to engage with and learn about science in a way that works for them.

Understanding learning: education and neuroscience

As we discover and understand more about how we learn, we can use this knowledge to guide teaching practices and help young people achieve more at school.

Young people’s views on science education

Our Science Education Tracker is a survey of young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.

Practical science

We’re committed to supporting and improving practical science in schools and colleges.


Improving science teacher retention [PDF 1.3MB]

  • September 2017

We explore how access to continuing professional development helps to keep more teachers in the classroom.

'State of the nation' report of UK science education [PDF 1.6MB]

  • September 2017

We commissioned CFE Research to look at the amount and nature of science taught in primary schools across the UK, and to monitor and evaluate the impact of our primary science campaign.

Review of Ofsted inspection reports 2016/17 [PDF 78KB]

  • September 2017

A review of the nature and frequency of science reporting in Ofsted inspection reports in the school year 2016/17.

More reports

Briefings and responses