About me

I’ve been a science teacher in both mainstream and special education. I’ve held different roles including being an Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) and a deputy head in a special school academy.  I’ve got over twenty years of experience of working with children with learning difficulties, much of that as a member of the senior leadership team.  When I was appointed deputy head we were in special measures and by the time I left we were a good school (and judged outstanding for leadership!)  I’ve carried out just about every role in education from cleaning up sick to leading a school through an Ofsted inspection!

Now I have a number of roles related to science and science education – full details on my LinkedIn profile

I have been fortunate to meet and work with many schools, departments and teachers across the East Midlands (and sometimes further afield) doing a variety of things such as:

  • Presenting at regional conferences and CPD events
  • Organising and running bespoke CPD for schools and groups of schools
  • Providing training and mentoring for NQTs and trainee teachers
  • Providing SEN guidance for Science leaders
  • Sharing resources and strategies for teaching students with SEN through my website and the TES (currently around 700,000 downloads)
  • Coaching science teachers
  • Working to support individual teachers in under-performing departments or individual teachers experiencing difficulties
  • Writing, reviewing and proofing for commercial publishers including Nelson Thornes and Oxford University Press
  • Running network meetings for heads of science, special school science teachers and science NQTs/RQTs

I’m passionate about science education and am a  long-term member of the Association of Science Education (ASE) and a Chartered Science Teacher. I’m now a field officer for the ASE and get to meet science teachers all over the North and East Midlands (from all phases)  I’d recommend ASE membership to science teachers of all phases regardless of experience or length of service. Remember the ASE is the voice of teachers and your membership helps support their mission to improve the quality of science education.

On this site, you’ll find ideas, information, advice and photographs relating mostly to science education.  I also share as many resources as I can – feel free to use these in your own lessons but do read the copyright information first (I do have more but copyright constraints prevent me sharing them on here)

I’m also available for bespoke consultancy work.

I currently work for the:

  • The Association for Science Education as a Field Officer
  • Science Council as an Applicant Support Mentor (promoting the registers for Registered Science Technician, Registered Scientist and Chartered Science Teacher)
  • Developing Teachers Schools Academies (DTSA) as the secondary lead for the Science Learning Partnership (for Stem.org.uk) for the whole of Derbyshire (including Derby City) and Nottinghamshire (including Nottingham City) regions

Please use the contact me section to get in touch whether it be for advice or to book me in a professional capacity.

Why fiendishlyclever? Around 15 years ago I wanted a personalised email, and one that I could control fully (and also my own website) It’s hard to find any dot.com names that aren’t already taken and I spotted this name had recently expired so I grabbed it quick. It has been memorable (and for some difficult to spell) but I’m too invested to swap to something that sounds more modest!


My writing elsewhere on the web

Rob Butler trading as Fiendishlyclever