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Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH)

Meet the team

Meet the people who make SEERIH what it is.

  • Eleanor Atkinson

    Eleanor Atkinson

    SEERIH Consultant: Eleanor has a wealth of experience in primary science education, teaching science for 16 years across mainstream and SEND schools. In 2015 Eleanor was awarded a Primary Science Teaching Award and became a lifelong Fellow of the Primary Science Teaching Trust. She is also an assessor and Hub Leader for the Primary Science Quality Mark, presents EYFS CPD for the Ogden Trust and co-ordinates a PSTT cluster of schools.

  • Lynne Bianchi

    Dr Lynne Bianchi

    Director of SEERIH: Lynne specialises in science and engineering education, with a specialism in the primary phase and student-led learning. She became Director of the SEERIH in 2014. She has a well-established profile in the areas of teaching, learning and assessment of school science and engineering, and cascades learning by working with in-service teachers.

  • Dr Amy Bonsall

    Dr Amy Bonsall

    SEERIH Research Associate: Amy is the research associate within SEERIH. She is also a drama specialist and practitioner. She is a qualified secondary teacher and is passionate about being a bridge between academic scholarship and practice. She is the founding director of the Women in Academia Support Network #WIASN, which is a global network of nearly eleven thousand women academics.

  • Jon Chippindall

    Dr Jon Chippindall

    SEERIH Senior Professional Development Champion (Engineering): Jon is a primary school teacher and Computing Leader at Crumpsall Lane Primary School as well as a visiting academic at The University of Manchester where he champions engineering for SEERIH and runs the Computing Primary PGCE.

  • Kate Goodier

    Kate Goodier

    SEERIH Administration Assistant and Campaign Administrator for the Great Science Share for Schools; Kate joined the team in 2020 with a background in primary school and higher education administration.

  • Steph Hepworth

    Steph Hepworth

    SEERIH Business Coordinator: Steph is a qualified primary school teacher and Forest School Leader, with a background in environmental education, project and marketing management. In addition to supporting the work of SEERIH, Steph is the campaign manager for the Great Science Share for Schools.

  • Amanda Poole

    Amanda Poole

    SEERIH Campaigns Coordinator: Amanda is a Chartered Science teacher and has had an extensive teaching career, firstly in secondary education as a physics advanced skills teacher and later in primary education as an assistant headteacher and primary science specialist teacher. Amanda is engaged in a variety of science education consultancy roles including the School Culture Lead for The Ogden Trust.

  • Helen Spring

    Helen Spring

    SEERIH Professional Development Champion: Helen is an experienced primary school teacher and Forest School Leader, with a background in environmental education, primary science and CPD delivery. Helen works as a Primary Science and Outdoor Learning Specialist. Helen leads Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) hubs in Yorkshire and Manchester, acts as an Associate Consultant for SEERIH and manages the education programme at Howsham Mill in North Yorkshire.

  • Bryony Turford

    Bryony Turford

    Senior Professional Development Champion (Science): Bryony is an experienced primary teacher who now acts as a coach and consultant to support in-service primary science teachers across Great Manchester, Yorkshire and the Humber. She is a successful author with a specialism in publications related to enquiry-based learning, teacher professional learning and leadership.

  • Christina Whittaker

    Christina Whittaker

    SEERIH Senior Professional Development Champion: Tina has a wealth of experience in improving learning through effective teaching in primary science. She was the Director of the Regional West Midlands Science Learning Centre but more recently, is a freelance consultant. She contributes to SEERIH's strategic planning, action research and the interface between policy and practice.

  • Julie Wiskow

    Julie Wiskow

    SEERIH Teacher Champion; Julie has experience in education and technology-based companies, having spent 10 years working in technology and marketing roles, before becoming a primary school teacher. Over the past few years, she has developed several whole school STEM projects and took on a Space Ambassador role for ESERO delivering CPD to schools in Cheshire East and Stoke.