National Network For Excellence in Science and Technology

About us

The National Network for Excellence in Science and Technology will promote the development and sharing of cutting edge teaching practice in science and technology.

We aim to:

  • draw together cutting edge knowledge for teaching practice in science and technology for 3 to 18 year olds.
  • co-ordinate the development and delivery of recognised science and technology professional development for teachers, based on global and local evidence of what works.
  • improve pupils' experiences of science and technology in schools across Wales.
  • enable schools to work together to develop courses, teaching resources and class-based research.

Professor Tom Crick MBE (Chair)

Tom is Professor of Digital Education & Policy at Swansea University. His academic interests sit at the research/policy interface: from STEM education, curriculum reform, science/innovation policy, public service innovation and skills/infrastructure for the data/digital economy. In 2013, he co-chaired the Welsh Government’s review of the ICT curriculum and chaired the development of the new Digital Competence Framework in 2016. He is currently leading the development of the Science & Technology AoLE in the new Curriculum for Wales. Tom is a Vice-President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and a non-executive director of Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board. 
Twitter: @ProfTomCrick

Cerian Angharad BSc CSciTeach

Cerian Angharad has been a science teacher since 1993. Her experience includes 12 years as Head of Physics in a Welsh-medium comprehensive in South Wales.

Cerian's first degree is in Physics from Cardiff University and she completed a CPE course in Law at the University of Glamorgan before embarking on a PGCE course at Aberystwyth University. She has been a keen supporter of the Institute of Physics throughout her career and has been a Physics Network Coordinator for the Institute since 2004 and Teaching and Learning Coach since 2015. She has experience of organising successful teacher conferences on behalf of the Institute of Physics in Wales as well as practical workshops and events for schools across the Region.

Cerian has been involved with the Association for Science Education for many years and has represented Wales as a Field Officer since 2004, organising a wide range of events for science teachers. She has worked extensively with PGCE institutions across Wales and beyond, providing practical workshops and support for the students. She is also a Hub Leader for Primary Science Quality Mark. Cerian has experience of writing educational materials for all ages and has completed work for a number of organisations including Aberystwyth University, iGCSE Cambridge and STEM Learning.

Cerian co-founded See Science in 2010 and it has worked in successful partnership with many organisations across the UK, including the Royal Society of Biology, The Royal Society of Chemistry, National Museum of Wales, Welsh Government National Science Academy and Primary Science Teaching Trust. See Science is the STEM Ambassador Hub for Wales and the Regional CREST Support Organisation (British Science Association).

Claire Taylor

Claire joined Glyndŵr University as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in August 2016. She is responsible for academic provision and the quality of student learning opportunities across the University, overseeing the work of: the Academic Schools; Strategic Planning; Communications, Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions; Academic Registry and the OpTIC Centre in St Asaph.

Claire read Music and Education at St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge and holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham. Her early career was as a primary school teacher, before becoming a Headteacher and later moving into Higher Education, where she has held a variety of senior roles including Dean of Students and Academic Engagement at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Strategy) at St Mary’s University, London.

Claire is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA), a Fellow of the Staff and Educational Developers Association (FSEDA) and a Life Fellow of Bishop Grosseteste University. She is a member of HEFCW’s Student Opportunity and Achievement Committee, the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Membership Advisory Group and the editorial board of ‘Educational Developments’, SEDA’s professional publication.

David Bradley

David is the GCSE project lead for Science in ERW. He is responsible for managing the team of Leaders of Learning for science. His role involves supporting science departments in the implementation of the new science GCSEs. This includes working with teachers and heads of departments to build capacity within departments to become self-improving. Key areas of David’s work with schools are to develop teaching, learning and leadership, including schemes of work, resources, target setting, assessment, tracking, self-evaluation and quality assurance processes.

David Webster

David is a primary school teacher currently working in Swansea.

David currently leads Science within Burlais Primary School, Pentrehafod School Cluster and is part of Swansea Primary Science PLC.

He has facilitated the teaching of a more able and talented (MAT) science group in order to improve current standards within the subject and bridge the gap between primary and secondary science teaching and learning.

David studied Applied and Sport Sciences (BSc) as an undergraduate and worked within the secondary school setting before undertaking a Primary Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in 2010. He has worked in both England and Wales.

David has worked with Swansea University and local agencies to facilitate a themed STEM week within his primary school.

Denise Thomas

Denise has worked in FE for Gower College Swansea for 17 years primarily as Curriculum Leader for A level Chemistry but has also taught BTEC Science, IB Chemistry and Essential skills. Her current role is in management of staff and students for the Faculty of Mathematics, Science and Social Science. Current projects include working with a group of A level science students on STEM projects hoping to build upon some award winning research done previously with the support of local industry. Denise has a Masters in Education and has presented creative and innovative science teaching ideas in the European Science on Stage festival in collaboration with The Royal Society.

In addition to her role in FE she is also an Associate Lecturer in Higher Education teaching on science based degree programmes. Denise is currently an approved examiner for WJEC.

Previous to working in education Denise worked as an analytical scientist in clinical trials developing methods of analysing drug metabolites in blood.

Faron Moller

Faron Moller is Professor of Computer Science at Swansea University and Head of the Swansea Railway Verification Group. He has 30 years experience of research in the areas of concurrency theory and formal methods. He is also Director of Technocamps, a schools outreach programme that has been running at Swansea University since 2003 and has since grown to include regional hubs at every University throughout Wales. He is an advisor to the Welsh Government's National Digital Literacy Council, and sits on their Cross Party Group on STEM and the Board of the National Network of Excellence in Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Georgie Bevan

Georgie Bevan has been a leader of numeracy and mathematics for nearly ten years which includes raising standards significantly, in two consecutive schools, in the last five years. The results obtained by her previous school have resulted in national recognition of the maths department and other schools approaching them for mathematical support which she has lead on. She was also the Head of Numeracy at Ferndale Community School when they obtained record breaking results and accelerated improvement within this subject area.

Georgie also has experience of whole school improvement as she was an Assistant Headteacher in her previous school with responsibility for whole school teaching and learning. Within this role she has supported other departments to raise standards and in turn improved pupil outcomes. During this time her previous school has become one of the best performing schools in Herefordshire with all of it’s core subject’s results being in the top 10% of schools in England, and it is now being asked to support other schools within the LA to improve standards across the curriculum and lead the way in sharing good practice, again something Georgie was involved with before she left to join the EAS.

As a retired Olympian Georgie prides, herself on striving for excellence and having extremely high expectations of herself and others which has been the driving force behind her success. She has always had a passion for mathematics and science as well as the opportunity to change the lives of young people by engaging them in their learning.

Geraint Jones

Geraint Jones graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree (B.Eng in Computer Systems Engineering) in 2003. He is currently deputy curriculum leader at Ysgol Gyfun Cwm Rhondda, a digital lead school in the Central South Consortium. He has worked on developing ICT and Computer Science specifications to GCSE and GCE A-level. He has been Principal Examiner for a number of years delivering examination papers for both England and Wales at GCSE and A Level as well as acting as a senior moderator. Geraint has delivered teacher training on many specifications to national and international audiences. He is also the co-author of the current Computer Science textbook for WJEC courses. With other practitioners, he provides and facilitates a number of training programmes within the Central South Consortium. He is keen on introducing and teaching object oriented programming methods to pupils of all ages. Geraint currently resides with his family in the Rhondda.

Glen Gilchrist

After training in Applied Physics, Glen worked for a multinational polymer manufacturer in their research and development laboratory primarily optimising production processes. Taking a love of emerging technology and coding, Glen set up a small, business selling solid-state computer storage in the emerging online marketplace. In 2004, Glen moved in to full time teaching, and become Head of Science in an urban comprehensive school. After 18 months working for Welsh Government on the Hwb project, Glen has been the strategic lead for science and technology for Central South Consortium for three years. Glen is currently the chair of the Science and Technology Area of Learning and Experience (AoLE) development group working to deliver the Curriculum for Wales.

Jack Bourke-Bennett

Jack is a physics teacher and Head of Science at Alun School, Mold. Originally from Caerwys in Flintshire, he left North Wales for university, and a spell in industry, before returning to complete teacher training. Jack has taught science in English and Welsh medium sectors and has a particular interest in developing students’ scientific literacy. As Head of Science, he leads a team of 23 teachers at one of Wales’ largest schools and was part of the ‘Lead School for Science’ programme that provided support and CPD to enhance the teaching of science across North Wales. Jack works with teachers from all over Wales as part of the pioneer school programme, and is a member of the Science and Technology AoLE working group.

Dr Jan Barnes

Jan has been involved in Initial Teacher Education specialising in Computing and ICT since 2006, and have been involved at different levels of education including at Secondary and Post Compulsory Education level. She has also been involved at Masters and PhD level as a dissertation supervisor.

Starting her teaching career in secondary school teaching ICT, Jan then moved into further education for a number of years before joining Swansea Institute in 2006.

Over the years she has been involved in a number of CPD events, involving the up-skilling of teachers to enable them to teach Computer Science and Computing at key stage 3 and 4.

Jan’s PhD research investigated the teachers growing perceptions of ICT capability and whether their practice in the classroom supports or contradicts their perceptions.

The research has adapted and uses Activity Theory, specifically Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) and Activity settings as adapted by Engestrom as an analytical tool, highlighting issues concerning the object of the curriculum, the roles of the participants and the school cultures.

Current research includes The CAMAU Project, in association with University of Glasgow and Welsh Government, facilitating the Pioneer schools in the design of the Donaldson curriculum, specifically looking at how a forward facing progression assessment may look. Internationally funded project developing an EntreComp framework for teachers.

Further research interests include:

  • the use of technology to develop innovative and enterprising pedagogies
  • the development of digital pedagogies.

Jason Davies

Senior Lecturer in Education
Programme Leader PGCE Design and Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Jason has worked in the area of Design and Technology for over 25 years. During this time he has contributed to all sectors of education from Foundation phase through to Higher Education. He was recently awarded a Design and Technology Association Excellence Award for Teacher Training. Jason is passionate about creativity and the opportunity this provides for every pupil to be innovative and enterprising. He has worked with Qualifications Wales on a number of projects including GCSE/A level and Welsh Baccalaureate.

Sharon Pascoe

Sharon Pascoe is from Rhymney in Caerphilly Borough and was educated at Heolddu Comprehensive, Bargoed, Ystrad College and at the former UWIC in Cardiff. She graduated with a first class honours with a BA (Hons) Education, specialising in science.

Sharon began her teaching career in 1998 at Plas-y-felin Primary School in Caerphilly before moving to St Gwladys School in Bargoed as Deputy Headteacher. Sharon is currently Headteacher at Fochriw Primary School in the North of the Rhymney Valley. The school has gained the Primary Science Quality Mark at Gold standard in 2017, being the first school in Wales to attain this. Sharon has won the Primary Science Teaching Trust Teacher Award. She sits on the EAS STEM Strategy Group. Sharon is passionate about science and the environment and motivating others to raise aspirations and deliver the best possible learning experiences for the pupils of today for their tomorrow.