Nicola is an outstanding and experienced secondary practitioner who is currently an Associate Director of Science for Northern Education Trust. Currently based at Kirk Balk Academy in Barnsley, Nicola’s role enables her to support and develop the science departments at academies within the Trust. As part of the wider science director team, Nicola continues to implement change in order to raise standards. Her previous roles include leader of KS3 and KS4 science, 2nd in Science and Head of Science. 22 years teaching experience in Rotherham and Barnsley has enabled her to help shape future science teachers through supportive guidance and mentoring. Her passion for quality first science teaching and vast knowledge of the curriculum, allows for pupils to be inspired, motivated and ultimately become successful in science. Furthermore, Nicola also facilitates seminars for Teach First and delivers training to specialist and non-specialist science teachers within Northern Education Trust.