Kids should be allowed to break stuff more often. That's a consequence of exploration. Exploration is what you do when you don't know what you're doing. - Neil deGrasse Tyson
I first met Claire at the ASE conference a couple of years ago. Her passion for good science teaching and sharing her knowledge and experiences of good practice came though from the outset. She has been brilliant at promoting our teaching materials (which focus on using global contexts in science teaching) by including them in her CPD and ITE training courses in East Anglia. Claire took an active role in our recent EC project, helping us produce project materials; being interviewed by our project evaluator and writing an article on one of the resources for the Primary Science magazine. The activities she wrote for our popular Plastics challenge, included the waste timeline, bioplastics recipe and the identification and classifying of plastics activity. The resources were of a very high quality, creative and showed a good link to the primary science curriculum. To fine tune these I know she trialled the activities with pupils…which in the case of the bioplastics activity proved to be a bit messy! Claire is a really positive, proactive teacher and educator, always keen to improve the learning experience of pupils in primary science. She has exceptional skills in engaging and inspiring pupils through her work which shows in her resources. It has been a privilege to work with her and I would absolutely recommend her as someone who can be relied upon to produce material of exceptional quality and to deadline.
The Plastics Challenge mentioned above can be found here.
Claire is an exceptional and inspiring leader for professional development.Her imaginative methods and approachable personality make for enjoyable andthought provoking learning. Evaluations of her courses are always excellent.
Claire’s enthusiasm for primary science has been evident from the day I met her in 2012, and throughout all our interactions, as part of the ASE’s national primary committee, and as part of the CIEC team here in York. Since then, I have been increasingly impressed with Claire’s thoughtful, reflective and thorough approach to carrying out CPD in schools, and in ensuring that all children have equal access to the excitement of primary science.
Claire is an exceptional facilitator of professional learning. Her extensive experience and outstanding expertise provide real credibility and allow her to make a lasting impact on the teaching and learning of course participants and their classes. It has been a privilege and pleasure to work with her over the years.
When Claire was Science subject leader at Rendlesham Primary School in 2012 the school became the first one in Suffolk to achieve a gold level Primary Science Quality Mark award. Following this success and the retirement of the previous hub leader, Claire took over the role of PSQM hub leader for Suffolk. Since then she has guided three groups of Suffolk schools to achieve PSQM awards and is now working with two further groups. Claire is an outstanding hub leader; she provides professional expertise and commitment to the subject leaders in her hubs, enabling them to grew in confidence as leaders and practitioners and ensuring that the profile and quality of science in each school in her hubs is improved. Suffolk schools can be confident of achieving a PSQM award with Claire as the hub leader, and having a lot of fun along the way too.
Claire’s approachable and enthusiastic manner guarantees you will return to school inspired to bring about change and try something new. I know several teachers have attended courses simply because Claire was presenting.
Claire Seeley has regularly worked as an education consultant for Practical Action’s education team, supporting the writing and development of our primary science materials for our STEM challenges. Her knowledge and experience of working both at a national level within science education and as a classroom practitioner makes her uniquely positioned to develop material of exceptional quality.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust has worked with Claire delivering training for teachers on outdoor learning for SNITTS and the Norfolk and Suffolk Learning Partnership; she is always flexible and relates to the audience well passing on all her knowledge and experience. Claire has also delivered training to outdoor learning practitioners representing local charities and organisations in Suffolk and Essex on the new curriculum and progression. Her training is always inspiring, fun and very informative with practical ideas on how to make it happen.Thank you for the fantastic training and I hope we will work together again soon.
Claire is a bundle of science energy for your school. I have watched Claire work in a number of different schools and she always thinks carefully about the very best ways to engage children into learning. Having then had the privilege of setting up a brand new primary school with investigation and exploring being at the centre of what we did, Claire’s science leadership was very much at the foundations of our learning style. She clearly believes in bringing science to life for children, in instilling that sense of awe and wonder at the world around us and arousing children’s curiosity. She was a major influencer in supporting other staff to do this too, developing confidence in the teaching of science. Her enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. Some of the most memorable moments at Rendlesham involved rocket blasts, exploding fizz and the most amazing astronomy evening where the whole school was packed with budding astronomers thanks to Claire’s unwavering determination to bring science to everyone.
Claire’s training was pitched at exactly the right level and kept the whole group engaged. The range of activities and the many bespoke elements led my staff to team to comment that it was one of the best training sessions they had attended