Helen Spring is an experienced primary school teacher with a background in environmental education, primary science, and CPD delivery. Helen works as a Primary Science and Outdoor Learning Specialist in and around North Yorkshire.
Helen leads Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) hubs in Yorkshire and Manchester. PSQM is an award scheme to enable primary schools across the UK to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their science provision.
As an Associate Consultant for SEERIH, Helen leads primary science networks for teachers in the Greater Manchester area covering topics such as assessment, progression and Working Scientifically.
Helen manages the education programme at Howsham Mill in North Yorkshire, which offers free-of-charge educational visits to school groups and home-educated children, as well as holiday events and activities for families and youth groups.
Helen’s writing includes a chapter on Outdoor Learning and Primary Science in the ASE’s Guide to Primary Science Education, as well as articles in Primary Science and the STEM Learning magazine.
Through the Polar Explorer Programme, Helen supports schools to improve their STEM teaching, and enables children to learn about the research activities of the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and its auto long range submersible, Boaty McBoatface.
Helen has worked for York St John University and the University of Huddersfield as a Visiting Lecturer, delivering on the PGCE and undergrad teacher training programmes. She also delivers CPD on behalf of the National STEM Centre and many Science Learning Partnerships. Helen also delivers in-school workshops for children, including Able Science days through Authors Abroad.
Helen worked in environmental education for a number of years, before re-training to become a primary school teacher. Whilst teaching, Helen focussed on Eco-Schools and Primary Science, leading her most-recent school to achieve a number of awards in these areas. When she left teaching, Helen worked at the National STEM Learning Centre as a Professional Development Leader, planning and delivering courses for primary school teachers, before setting up as an independent Primary Science and Outdoor Learning Specialist.
Helen is now a qualified level 3 Forest Schools practitioner and first aider, with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance. Helen is also an active Futures member of the Association for Science Education (ASE) and the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL). In addition to this, Helen has achieved the STEM CPD Mark.