ABOUT US

Naomi Hiscock, Director

I was a teacher in London for a number of years during which time I took responsibility for both science and numeracy. I then worked for SETPOINT delivering science and technology workshops for children across East London and delivered INSET for schools and boroughs.

Subsequently, I took on the role of Primary Science Consultant in the London Borough of Hackney. In this role, I built up a strong network of subject leaders who met on a regular basis to share ideas. I also supported schools across the borough to raise their levels of achievement in science. This was achieved by working with subject leaders to increase their expertise and confidence so that they were able to develop their school's science teaching or by working directly with individual teachers both in and out of the classroom to deliver exciting and challenging lessons.

I worked for the Science Learning Centre London as a trainer, delivering INSET both at the centre, based in the Institute of Education, and also for their outreach programme. I have received funding from the Primary Science Teaching Trust to run two projects with a cluster of local schools. 'Skills for Successful Science' supported schools to increase the quality and quanity of enquiry work and 'GET OUT!' supported schools in Tower Hamlets to increase the use of outdoor learning to enhance the science experience for their children. This project was run jointly with the Soanes Centre and the Friends of Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park.

I currently work in several boroughs across London providing training for teachers and subject leaders and also go into schools to support the subject leader with developing science or supporting teachers with planning and implementing successful science lessons.

I also provide support to a number of schools that have received funding through the bursaries provided by STEM Learning.

The core values that underpin all my work are that children's learning is:

  • maximised when they are able to take responsibility for shaping their learning
  • most memorable and enjoyable when they are finding out about the world through their own exploration.
    • For this to happen, children need to be equipped with the necessary working scientifically skills to enable them to be independent, and provided with opportunities to make decisions for themselves. The role of a consultant is to unlock the potential in teachers to inspire their pupils, whilst also developing their confidence in teaching and assessing their children’s knowledge and skills.

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