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Science leaders join Trust curriculum team

Published on 13/07/17

Two accomplished science leaders are to set to transform teaching of the subject in East Anglia when they take up new posts at the Inspiration Trust from September.

Tim Mullis and Lucy Austin will start as subject specialist leaders in science from September, with a brief to work with subject teachers and leaders across the charity's 13 schools in Norfolk and Suffolk.

They will also hold frontline classroom duties, ensuring that research and teaching go hand in hand.

Lucy was born in Enfield and schooled at the Hertfordshire and Essex High School for Girls in Bishop's Stortford, before reading chemistry at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Her PGCE course included placements at Notre Dame and Old Buckenham high schools, following which she joined Hellesdon High School.

She later moved to Ormiston Victory where roles have included head of chemistry; lead teacher for able, gifted, and talented students; head of science; and assistant principal. She has also taught science at primary level.

Lucy holds a Masters in Teaching and Learning and is a visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia. She is on the editorial board of the International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies and has developed a chemistry PGCE course for BPP University.

Lucy said: "The subject specialist leader post is a dream come true: the ability to maintain a role in the classroom; working with lots of different teachers across a range of schools and age ranges; developing properly research-led practice and helping to train a new generation of teachers.

"I am a keen advocate of teachers as researchers and I would like to help teachers feel instrumental in the developments taking place across Inspiration Trust as well as help teachers engage with the research already available to demonstrate the importance of a knowledge-based curriculum."

Apart from her professional interests, Lucy enjoys garden design and has recently been transforming her new garden from a mud patch to a wildlife and family-friendly garden.

Tim was born in north Devon and studied physics at University of Kent, prior to a Masters in Communication Systems Engineering. He gained his PGCE at the University of Bath, before joining Bungay High School where roles included vocational science coordinator and head of year. 

Since then he has taught at Notre Dame High School as director of science and City Academy Norwich as assistant principal. He is currently at East Point Academy in Lowestoft.
Alongside his work in schools he has worked extensively for the OCR exam board as an examiner, chief examiner, and test writer for vocational science qualifications, and edited revision guides for Pearson.

Outside of the classroom he is a keen home brewer, particularly alcoholic ginger beer and mead.

Tim said: "I have a strong passion for science teaching and as I have progressed in my career I have found the strategy of using data analysis and intervention concentrated on the examination years increasing dissatisfying. 

"I have been looking for a role in which I can contribute to a deeper more meaningful approach to education, and I love that this role gives the opportunity to research good teaching practices and not just look for quick fixes."

Inspiration Trust director of education Christine Counsell said: "Both Tim and Lucy have the perfect blend of practical teaching experience and an eye for theory and research that can be meaningfully applied to help students achieve their very best.

"I am delighted that they are joining us and will be working with our fantastic science teachers - particularly at Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form, our specialist maths and science college, but also right across the trust - to further develop our curriculum in this crucial area."