Helping you explore how science works with post-16 students

The project team

As well as developing the lessons on this site, the project team at the University of Leeds has evaluated the success of the materials through research probes implemented before and after teaching. 

Observations of classes and interviews with local teachers identified some of the challenges in teaching about science.

These findings are described in a report published by the University of Leeds and available to download below:

Teaching about the nature of scientific knowledge and investigation on AS/A level science courses (PDF)

The central team

The members of the project were all members of the Learning in Science research group.

  • John Leach 
  • Jim Ryder 
  • Andy Hind


Throughout the project a group of local teachers collaborated in the development and trialling of the materials. The members of this group were:

  • Jonathan Allcock, Ralph Thoresby High School, Wakefield 
  • Tricia Combe, Ilkley Grammar School, Bradford 
  • Steve Dickens, Dixons City Technology College, Bradford 
  • Julie Field, Woodkirk High School, Leeds 
  • Andy Molloy, Bingley Grammar School, Bradford 
  • Richard Needham, The Brooksbank School, Calderdale 
  • Dave Nixon, The Brooksbank School, Calderdale 
  • Ned Prideaux, Lawnswood School, Leeds 
  • John Pye, St Wilfreds Catholic High School, Wakefield 
  • Fiona Nairn-White, Tong Upper School, Bradford 


The teachers who helped with trialling the lessons were:

  • Roger Beaumont, Buttershaw Upper School, Bradford 
  • Malcolm Brown, Prince Henry's School, Leeds 
  • Barbara Hey, Dixons City Technology College, Bradford 
  • Sam Kirk, Tong Upper School, Bradford 
  • Camilla Lesley, South Craven, North Yorkshire 
  • Nick Mastin, King James' School, North Yorkshire 
  • Neil Strudwick, Buttershaw Upper School, Bradford 
  • Deborah Thorley, Keighley College, Bradford 
  • Liz Tuchman, Prince Henry's School, Leeds 
  • Jonathan White, Woodkirk High School, Leeds