I graduated in Geology from the University of London and trained as a science teacher at Chelsea College, Centre for Science and Maths Education, University of London. I taught science in North London (Enfield), South London (Croydon) and Surrey. I have worked as a head of biology, head of year and head of science. I entered teacher education in 1997. In 2006 I filmed a six-part TV history/reality series for Channel 4 called 'That'll teach 'em taking the role of the deputy head and housemaster in the fictional Charles Darwin school teaching 30 teenagers 1950s style.
I was awarded Chartered Science Teacher status in September 2008.
My research interests currently revolve around teachers and their knowledge and understanding of 'The Nature of Science' and 'The Scientific Method'. In particular, what do trainee teachers understand about these concepts and ideas in science. This leads to work on a better understanding of the 'Working Scientifically' approach in the new National Curriculum an public examinations.
Linked to this work I also do research on the teaching of Evolution in science and the issues surrounding Creationism in a school based context.
Other research interests involve the publication of the Theory of Evolution by means of Natural selection by Alfred Russel Wallace and Charles Darwin.
Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, elected but not active Fellow of the Geological Society of London and Linnean Society, Chartered Science Teacher