Andy is an experienced secondary school science teacher and advanced skills teacher. He has a doctorate in assessment in science education and is a senior lecturer in science education at the University of Brighton, where he trains science teachers and is the assessment editor at Oxford University Press (OUP) for Activate.
Andy is interested in making formative assessment meaningful in the classroom and explores ways to implement it in the classroom. He has researched assessment and trained teachers in Kazakhstan, China and Canada. Andy also is an active member of the Association for Science Education, being chair for the Surrey and Sussex Region and is on the national 11–19 committee.
Andy blogs and has a profile at OUP.
Establish good learning behaviours in the science lab
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Helping science teachers and technicians gain job satisfaction, and helping department heads to understand their teams
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Teacher well-being toolkit for secondary science leaders
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Polish your exam knowledge to boost students’ grades: 6 ways to improve your assessment skills
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Interpretation and intervention skills: 6 ways to develop your assessment skills
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Mistakes, errors and misconceptions: 6 ways to develop your assessment skills
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Classroom assessment skills: 6 ways to develop your assessment literacy
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Holiday in the time of Covid-19
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Giving successful remote feedback
How to ensure you feed back effectively when students are learning at home
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