Julia has taught science for 20 years in 3 LAs. Since 2005, Julia has worked in consultancy roles and as an independent trainer. For six years, she worked in a consultancy role for Welsh Government as 'External subject expert' for Developing thinking and Assessment for Learning. As part of this role, she was closely involved in the Developing Thinking strand of the Skills Framework and Science National Curriculum 2008. With Julie Addis, her work centred on leading and co-ordinating the national 'Developing thinking and assessment for learning programme' from its inception through to its third year of national roll out. Within this programme, Julia worked with Julie Addis to improve learning across Wales in all classrooms, developing many supporting materials, and coaching and mentoring more than 3,000 teachers. Julia led on the design, implementation and delivery of the Secondary PISA support programme for Welsh Government. She has developed a number of resources to support learning and teaching across a number of subject areas and in particular Science. She has worked with TLC! to develop resources and guidance to support LNF, Scientific literacy and Developing numerical reasoning. Her great interest lies in the development of effective pedagogy at all key stages from Foundation Phase to post-16 education and in particular the development of metacognition.
Julia has substantial experience in supporting teachers at all stages of their development. She is an External Mentor for NQTs undertaking induction and the MEP, an Open University PGCE Science tutor and Senior Lecturer in Education for PGCE Physics at Cardiff Metropolitan University. An experienced examiner for GCSE Physics, Julia is also a subject expert for science for OFQUAL. First and foremost a teacher, Julia maintains her involvement in teaching GCSE Science and A level Physics and Chemistry.
As an experienced trainer, Julia is very much at home leading INSET at whole-school level and coaching teachers in the classroom in the areas of effective pedagogy to support thinking skills, assessment for learning and literacy and numeracy support as well as in Primary and Secondary Science. She also has much experience of working in broader aspects of support with Local Authorities, consortia and Techniquest in areas such as the development of Essential Skills Wales and Wider Key Skills.