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, Science Education Tracker, Camden Heads of Science Network.

Nan Davies

Project Manager, Professional Development

Mat Hickman

Programme Manager, Informal Learning

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 continuing 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 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

We can use knowledge about how people learn to develop and test evidence-informed teaching practices that 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.


Being strategic: a guide for governing boards [PDF 149KB]

  • March 2018

Our guide is designed to help governing boards decide their values and vision, create their strategy and measure progress.

Developing great subject teaching [PDF 2.4MB]

  • February 2018

A key finding of our report is that teachers are less likely to participate in subject-specific CPD than generic pedagogic CPD, even though it is more beneficial.

The science content in primary initial teacher training (ITT) [PDF 840KB]

  • December 2017

As part of our work to transform primary science education, we commissioned research to look at how supported new teachers feel to teach science in primary schools.

More reports

Briefings and responses