Science Education Forum

Bringing together business, education and policy to improve primary science for the better

The Science Education Forum (SEF) brings together senior figures from business and education communities in Great Britain with policy makers in an attempt to build consensus around key science education policies. The Forum meets twice a year and is sponsored by the Primary Science Teaching Trust.

Forum objectives:

  • Raise the standard of science education.
  • Contribute to a coherent, co-ordinated policy for science education.
  • Help sponsors from the business community to target support resources.
  • Produce high quality evidence based reports on specific issues and developments in science education to inform policies and practices.

Current members of the Forum:

Ms Yvonne Baker
Chief Executive, Myscience, National Science Learning Centre

Professor Derek Bell
Campanula Consulting

Dr Taj Bhutta
Institute of Physics

John Bleasdale
External Relations, Teach First

Kirsten Bodley
Chief Executive, STEMNET

Olympia Brown
Royal Institution

Dr Gail Cardew
Royal Institution

Wendy Cox
Primary Science Consultant, Odgen Trust

Sarah Cox
Schools Education and Policy Manager, Society of Biology

Ian Duffy
Community Development Manager, UK Social and Community Affairs, BP

Ms Rebecca Edwards
Independent Consultant (Formerly QCDA)

Adrian Fenton
Science Adviser: Public Engagement and STEM Education, British Council

Sophie Franklin
Cluster Director, Primary Science Teaching Trust

Belinda Phipps
Chief Executive Officer, The Science Council

Rani Gill
Education Outreach Manager, Rolls-Royce PLC

Rick Hall
Director of Programmes, Ignite!

Mr Richard Hamer
Education Director and Head of Early Career Programmes, BAE Systems plc

Dr Amanda Hardy
Schools and Colleges Officer, The Royal Society of Biology

Clare Harvey
The Royal Society of Biology

Dr Martin Hollins
Trustee, Primary Science Teaching Trust

Karen Hornby
STEM Learning Ltd

Gill Collinson
National Science Learning Centre

Alexis Hunter-Craig
British Science Association

Geoff Jenkins
Royal Meteorological Society

Beth Jones
Science and Engineering Education Team, Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Dr Sylvia Knight
Head of Education Services and Continuing Learning, Royal Meteorological Society

Dr Anil Kumar
Director, Education and Research, EngineeringUK

Dr Hilary Leevers
Head of Education and Learning, The Wellcome Trust

Mr Vaughan Lewis
Communications Director, Myscience, National Science Learning Centres and National STEM Centre

Lynda Mann
Head of 5-19 Education, The Royal Academy of Engineering

Ms Katherine Mathieson
Chief Executive, British Science Association

Sarah Matthews
Senior Policy Manager, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Sharmila Metcalf
Programme Head, Nuffield Foundation

Nicole Morgan
Schools and Colleges Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

Marc Neesam
Primary Programme Manager, Royal Society of Chemistry

Dr Mike Rance
Chair and Trustee, Primary Science Teaching Trust

Shaun Reason
Chief Executive, The Association for Science Education

Prof Michael Reiss
Pro-Director: Research and Development, University College London Institute of Education

Rebecca Rylatt
Science, Engineering and Design & Technology, Department for Education

Mr Daniel Sandford Smith
Gatsby Charitable Foundation

Tanya Shields
Primary Science Professional Development Leader, National STEM Learning Centre

Mrs Audrey Strong
Institute Manager, The Salters' Institute

Charlotte Thorley
Chair, Science on Stage UK

Mr Derek Treagus
Hursley Laboratory Manager, IBM United Kingdom Ltd

Jane Turner
Associate Director, Science Learning Centre East of England (PSQM)

Mr Mark Wakefield
IBM United Kingdom

David Lakin
Director of Programme Development, STEMNET

Susannah Wiltshire
Science Workforce, Science and Society, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Miss Emily Yeomans
Grants Manager, Education Endowment Foundation (Sutton Trust)

In 2011 the Forum supported a survey entitled “Schools that make a difference to post-compulsory uptake of science” written by Professor Judith Bennett, University of York.

Download the report.