About us

We are a curriculum development and publishing company, based in the UK. Our team has been working towards ‘science done right’ for 20 years, through curriculum materials, courses, syllabuses, assessments, professional development, and consultancy to schools, national UK organisations, and ministries in other countries.

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Our work

Blueprint curriculum framework

 

We have developed Blueprint, a rigorous 5-year curriculum plan for science in collaboration with a large awarding body. It will finally offer schools an antidote to the problem of having to get through an overstuffed KS3 and GCSE specification. Focussing on the concepts and skills students most need for GCSE success and developing them over 5 years, it will allow learning on depth so students are more prepared for demanding exam questions AO2 and AO3).

 

KS3 syllabusThe KS3 Science Syllabus (2015), which we designed for  UK awarding bodyAQA, which offers a mastery approach to 11-14 science, based around 10 Big Ideas, and integrates enquiry skills with the content.

 

engage logoENGAGE (2014-17): a European Commission project that has spread teaching of science through contemporary issues and enquiry to 15,000 teachers in 12 countries. We created the design and wrote all the curriculum materials.

 

wikid logoWIKID (2008-2011): an 11-14 curriculum for teaching science through authentic problem solving and enquiry, which was adopted by 20% of the schools in the UK.

 

Science upd8 (2003-2007):  science-in-the-news curriculum materials developed and published within a week.  Most teachers in the UK used upd8 at one time or other, and 50,000+ subscribers worldwide.

 

The team

We have a core team, shown here, plus a large group of teacher-writers and trialling schools.

Tony Sherborne

TonyAn academically successful but completely off-putting science education showed me what to avoid and motivated me to save others from the same fate. As a teacher I never had enough time to create the curriculum I wanted.  Science upd8 and its successors come close to the kind of science teaching I’d like to have experienced. I’m obsessed with ‘backwards design’ in other words starting from the capabilities we want students to emerge from school with, and working backwards towards the curriculum that will deliver this – for all students.

Gemma Young

gemma youngGemma has been working on projects for Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Science Education for the past 10 years. These have included science upd8 and Wikid – an inquiry-based Key Stage 3 curriculum. She was a writer on the Engage project and is a visiting researcher at the Open University. She has authored several books and worked on projects for organisations including The University of Oxford; the Royal Society for Chemistry;  BBC Bitesize and was a writer/developer of the AQA KS3 syllabus. Prior to this, she was a science teacher for 8 years.

Helen Harden

Helen hardenHelen has an in-depth knowledge of the science curriculum from KS1 through to KS4 and A- level Chemistry. For over 10 years Helen Harden has worked in curriculum design including the AQA KS3 Science Syllabus, upd8 Wikid, upd8Cruical, York Science and 21st Century Science. Helen has particular expertise in bringing science research and global learning to the science classroom as well as innovative lesson approaches such as role-play simulations and most recently virtual reality Google Expeditions. Helen is currently chair of ASE's 11-19 committee and is also a member of RSC's Curriculum and Assessment Working Group.

Jude Sanders

Jude Headshot2Jude has been working in STEM education and teacher development for more than 20 years.  She was a secondary science teacher and then teacher educator in London before moving on to develop online courses and learning activities for teachers and schools. Projects include BBC Jam, LG&T learning networks, the first online PGCE for Science teachers in the UK and the award winning HCUK Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. Jude is also part of the team behind WIKID science, ENGAGE and Mastery Science and is now conducting PhD research into online learning.