I am responsible for Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS) - a programme which seeks to strengthen teaching and learning about plants in UK schools and colleges. SAPS is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and is based in the Botanic Garden.
I am joined in the SAPS team by Dan Jenkins, Harriet Truscott and Elizabeth McDonald. Our mission is to make sure that young people and their teachers are informed and enthused about the contribution plants make to their world, and the relevance of plant sciences to their lives.
My job is to make the case for plants in the science curriculum, to keep an eye on the bigger issues in education in case of opportunities to raise the profile of plant sciences, to bring together other partners who share our mission, and to ensure SAPS has impact.
Dan manages projects which focus directly on supporting biology teachers; commissioning new classroom teaching resources, devising new plant-based practicals, running professional development sessions for teacher trainers, and developing our SAPS Associates scheme for teachers and technicians with a strong interest in plant sciences.
Harriet leads on our communication work: editing our popular website, co-ordinating our presence on Twitter and Facebook, organising events for teachers and developing resources for young people to motivate and inspire them with plant science.
Elizabeth supports our projects and communications work; co-ordinating our SAPS Associate scheme, organising our Train the Trainer events, dealing with enquiries and generally keeping the SAPS office running smoothly.
For more about SAPS, follow the link to the left.