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!)  Now I work as a freelance education consultant following my passion for science education.

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
  • 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
  • Leading CPD across the local authority’s special schools consortium
  • Providing advice/consultancy both within the LA and further afield
  • Writing, reviewing and proofing for commercial publishers including Nelson Thornes and Oxford University Press (Kerboodle)
  • Running network meetings for heads of science, special school science teachers and science NQTs/RQTs
  • Providing bespoke CPD for individual science departments

I’m passionate about science education and am a member of the Association of Science Education (ASE).  I’m a Chartered Science Teacher and I sit on the regional committee for the East Midlands (I’m the regional secretary) and their 11-19 advisory committee.  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, possible workshops include

  • Teaching students with SEND – strategies, approaches, maximising success
  • Pupil premium students – raising the bar
  • Engaging reluctant learners

I also work for the:

  • Science Council as an Applicant Support Mentor (promoting the registers for Registered Science Technician, Registered Scientist and Chartered Science Teacher)
  • Derby Teaching Schools Alliance (DTSA) as the secondary lead for the Science Learning Partnership (for Stem.org.uk)
  • The Association for Science Education as a Field Officer
  • I’ve recently authored the GCSE 1-3 materials for Oxford University Press, available on their Kerboodle platform

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

My writing elsewhere on the web

Rob Butler trading as Fiendishlyclever