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Dr Hellen Ward

Principal Lecturer

School: School of Teacher Education and Development (SOTED)

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 922708

Profile summary

I have had a passion for STEM Education which began with a love of Primary science developed when I was a teacher researcher with the SPACE project in the late 1980's. Having taught children from Reception to Year 6, in a number of schools in Lancashire I moved to work with Lancashire local authority promoting practical science and assessment. I have an MSc in Management and Marketing and a doctorate in science education. During my time in the advisory service in Sussex I advised the BBC on the Revise Wise programmes and developed materials for on line learning sites.

 

In 2000, I left East Sussex Local Authority to take up a post in Science Education at Canterbury Christ Church University. In 2009 I took the role of Director of Kent and Medway Stem which changed to become the STEM Hub in 2016. www.thestemhub.org.uk

I now work with teachers and employers in Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Medway., helping to:

  • enable young people to make informed decisions about future career paths in and from STEM.
  • provide teachers with impartial information and support to enable them to deliver a STEM curriculum.
  • support industry in reducing the STEM skills gap.
  • raise the profile of science and engineering in the region.

Research and knowledge exchange

My research interest is in primary science. I have written 5 primary science books and I am a frequent contributor to primary education publications including both national and international publications. I work with qualified teachers to help them to develop their science curriculum and present at conferences both nationally and internationally. My PhD focused on the Science knowledge held by teachers and their confidence to teach science. The findings questioned the commonly held narrative that there is a causal link between the two.

I have supervised Master Students who have science related projects. I hold Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach), a chartered mark recognising excellence in science teaching and learning. I also lead a Primary Science Quality Mark Hub, an award scheme to develop and celebrate the quality of science teaching and learning in primary schools. PSQM is recognised by Ofsted, the Royal Society and the CBI as an effective mechanism to raise the profile of science in primary schools, improve teachers’ confidence and ability to teach science and have a positive impact on pupils’ performance, their engagement and enjoyment

Teaching and subject expertise

As the director of the STEM Hub and a regional partner of STEM Learning limited my current role involves working with both primary, secondary and tertiary teachers and students across the county. I am a STEM ambassador, a member of the Association of Science Education (www.ASE.org.uk ) and a member of the association of achievement and improvement through assessment (www.AAIA.org.uk ) . I work with the local science learning network based at Rainham Mark Grammar school and deliver the primary science courses. I also work with schools and local authorities across the country. I am currently part of the team writing primary international text books, and was part of a team who wrote a commercial scheme of work for English primary schools in 2015.   I am part of the National Association of Science Advisers, National Association of Science ITE and a member of ESERA, giving a presentation on Science narrative in Bologna in August 2019

External activities

I am a governor at a local primary school and support them with science, early years and Health and safety. I am developing a new concept called Primary Science Community Space – which is an initiative that is supporting pupil profile children in four pilot school develop their science capital, by working with aspirational STEM professionals at the Science Park.

I present at Regional ASE conferences and the National international conference each year. I also support Science learning partnership school in Surrey and Sussex and a Regional Development lead teacher. I am also an Enthuse coach. An Enthuse partnership is ENTHUSE Partnerships enable groups of 6-8 schools and colleges to work collaboratively to improving teaching and learning in science. They are open to any state-funded schools or colleges in England, from all phases that want to work together. I have delivered INSET session internationally and have worked with schools across the country developing their investigative science approaches.  

I am a member of the Engineering guild and sit on the Careers and Enterprise Company Steering group for West Kent. I sit on the advisory panel for both The STEM Hub and the Science Learning Partnership and work closely with many multinational companies who support the STEM Programme.

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