Education team

We’re committed to making inspiring, high-quality science education available to all young people.

Together with our partners, we:

  • support schools and educators to deliver engaging science lessons and experiences
  • fund research to inform and improve science education
  • advocate for policy change.


Team contacts

Anita Krishnamurthi

Head of Education and Learning

Ruth Birse

PA to Anita Krishnamurthi

Contact about:

general queries.

Ruba Aljarf

Professional Development Project Officer

Danielle Barnetche

Product Manager, Explorify

Contact about:

Thomas Barton

Primary Science Project Manager

Contact about:

primary science, science subject leadership.

Ally Branley

Content, Social Media and Email Manager, Explorify

Contact about:

Lauren Crawford

Programme and Funding Partnerships Officer

Nan Davies

Professional Development Programme Lead

Mark Ellis

Policy Advisor, Education and Skills

Contact about:

school governors and trustees, further education, employability, apprenticeships, T Levels, general education policy issues.

Lily Ickowitz-Seidler

Project Manager, Education Research

Contact about:

young people’s views on science education, education research.

Louise Stubberfield

Primary Programme Lead

Contact about:

primary science, National STEM Learning Centre, Camden Primary Science Network.

Asimina Vergou

Research Programme Lead (maternity cover)

Contact about:

Our work

Teacher expertise

All teachers and technicians should have regular, high-quality continuing professional development throughout their career so that they can improve student learning.

Primary science

We’re working to transform the teaching of science in primary schools so that every pupil has an excellent first experience of science.

School governors and trustees

We support governors and trustees to ensure their schools and colleges deliver high-quality science education.

Informal science learning

Informal learning experiences – like visiting museums, meeting scientists, watching YouTube videos and playing games – offer huge potential for young people to engage with and learn about science in a way that works for them.

Understanding learning: education and neuroscience

We can use knowledge about how people learn to develop and test evidence-informed teaching practices that help young people achieve more at school.

Young people’s views on science education

Our Science Education Tracker is a survey of young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.

Practical science

We’re committed to supporting and improving practical science in schools and colleges.

Education grants awarded

Project summaries of the grants awarded under our education schemes.


Report 21 September 2020 Updated 21 September 2020

Evaluation of the primary science campaign 2020

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We've interviewed teachers and science leaders from more than 700 schools to analyse whether primary science teaching is improving.

Report 30 March 2020 Updated 30 March 2020

Science Education Tracker 2019

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More than 6,400 young people across England have taken part in our survey into attitudes towards and experiences of science education and careers.

Report 30 March 2020 Updated 30 March 2020

Young people’s awareness and attitudes towards machine learning

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Part of our Science Education Tracker 2019, this report explores awareness of, and attitudes towards, machine learning among young people.

More reports

Briefings and responses

Consultation response 1 April 2019 Updated 4 December 2019

Education inspection framework 2019

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Consultation response 1 March 2017 Updated 4 December 2019

School workforce data collection in Wales

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Consultation response 1 January 2017 Updated 4 December 2019

A STEM Education and Training Strategy for Scotland

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More briefings and responses