I am Professor of Science Education at UCL Institute of Education and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. The former Director of Education at the Royal Society, I have written extensively about curricula, pedagogy and assessment in science education and also write on bioethics and sex education. I have directed a very large number of research, evaluation and consultancy projects over the past twenty years funded by UK Research Councils, Government Departments, charities and international agencies.
My research, teaching and consultancy are in science education, bioethics and sex education. After a PhD and post-doctoral work in animal behaviour and evolutionary biology at the University of Cambridge, I trained to be a teacher and taught in schools before starting an academic career in education.