Head of Science Contributes to Research and Subject Leader Book
Helen Slipper, Head of Science at Bottisham Village College has participated in two areas of work outside of her school role recently. Firstly, Helen has been part of a small group for the Education Endowment Fund (EFF) providing feedback to Dr Niki Kaiser on her research and subsequent publications on Science Teaching and Learning. Dr Kaiser completed her secondment with the EEF this summer, and has now taken up the role of Director of Norwich Research School
Helen said: “This has been a great opportunity to share my thoughts, ideas and experience about teaching Science. I provided Niki with a case study from Bottisham Village College which has been used for an article in the Royal Society of Chemistry, Education in Chemistry Journal.
Helen continued: “The main outcome from this activity was a Framework for planning called the RADAAR framework and some example resources for thinking about misconceptions.”
Secondly, Helen has been involved in a piece of work with Mary Myatt, an education adviser, writer and speaker, and John Tomsett a nationally renowned school leader who supports schools to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Helen joined them to contribute as a Middle Leader for their new book: ‘Huh: Curriculum conversations between subject and senior leaders.’
Helen said: “I met with Mary and John to record a 1 hour question and answer session about curriculum planning in biology with a focus on what a subject leader wants their line manager to know about their subject, especially when the senior leader is supporting a faculty outside of their specialism.”
The biology chapter of the book will be supported by these recordings which will be available through Myatt & Co professional learning platform. The book is due to be published on 18 September.
Photograph of Helen Slipper, Head of Science, Bottisham Village College.