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The Pan-London Assessment Network (PLAN) was formed in Autumn 2015 as a collaboration between six north and east London local authority and independent consultants to explore ways of supporting schools with primary science.

Who we are

Naomi Hiscock 

Naomi has over 15 years’ experience as a primary science consultant and is Director of Primary Science Education Consultancy, one of the most successful specialist primary STEM education consultancies in England. It provides advice to national bodies, local authorities, education partnerships and multi-academy trusts on devising and implementing strategies for primary science, as well as working directly with schools to develop their science curricula and provide CPD tailored to their needs. She is a longstanding member of the Association for Science Education, a former chair of its Primary Science Committee and a Chartered Science Teacher. She is a Senior Facilitator for STEM Learning, a hub leader for the Primary Science Quality Mark and an author of primary science teaching and learning resources, including Collins Snap Science and Science Meets English.

Liz Lawrence

Liz is a former advisory teacher in Barking and Dagenham, specialising in primary science, D&T, health and assessment. She is a Chartered Science Teacher, and a past Chair of the Association for Science Education and member of its Futures Committee and Registration Board. She is a Senior Regional Hub Leader for the Primary Science Quality Mark and author of 'It’s not fair - or is it?' and sections of the Collins Snap Science series.

Julia Weston

Julia has been working in education in Tower Hamlets and other boroughs, schools and organisations for the last twenty years. She is currently commissioned by Tower Hamlets Education Partnership (THEP) to develop and deliver science network meetings, run science training and support schools and subject leads, as well as leading science-based research projects. Julia also provides support to the English team in running training and in-school support, especially around Talk for Writing. She has also been commissioned to ensure a dynamic NQT programme for primary teachers is delivered.


Ruth Coakley

Ruth is currently working in the Department of Education in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London Southbank University. She specialises in primary science with interests in assessment and outdoor learning. She leads the science and computing module on the primary PGCE. Ruth is also developing a Masters module in enquiry-based science in the autumn term as well as teaching on other aspects of the postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Ruth is Forest School trained and a Primary Science Quality Mark Hub Leader. Ruth has a Masters in Education that focused on the development of dialogic talk in primary science.

Nicola Beverley

Nicola is an experienced primary consultant with a passion for science. She has worked with numerous primary teachers, subject leaders, schools and networks in diverse ways over the years: helping to firm up science ‘wobbly bits’; putting the ‘wow’ back into dreary science lessons; creating effective (and practical) ways to develop and assess children’s learning; and empowering subject leaders so that they feel confident to lead rather than just manage their subject. She is a Primary Science Quality Mark Senior Regional Hub Leader, an author of Collins Snap Science series, and a curriculum advisor for KS2 assessment at the Standards and Testing Agency of the Department for Education.  She is a Chartered Science Teacher and a member of the Association for Science Education's Primary and Futures Committees.

Steve Marshall 

Steve works as a Primary Curriculum Advisor for Barnet Partnership for School Improvement with Cambridge Education (BPSI-CE). He has been involved with primary science for over 35 years, working as a consultant in most areas of the subject.

With thanks to all the consultants, teachers and schools who have contributed to the project

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