Helen Spring is an experienced primary school teacher with a background in primary science, outdoor learning and CPD delivery. Helen works as a Primary Science and Outdoor Learning Consultant in and around North Yorkshire.
Helen leads Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) hubs in Yorkshire and Manchester. PSQM focuses on developing effective, confident science leadership for whole school impact on science teaching and learning.
As an Associate Consultant for the Science and Engineering Education Research and Innovation Hub (SEERIH) at the University of Manchester, Helen leads primary science networks for science leaders in the Greater Manchester area covering topics such as assessment, Science Capital and Working Scientifically. Helen also leads a similar network for Science Across the City in Stoke and is set to take on the North Yorkshire networks very soon. Through SEERIH, Helen is also involved in work to support schools in developing transition between KS2 and KS3.
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.
Through the Polar Explorer Programme, Helen supported schools to improve their STEM teaching, and co-authored the Polar Explorer Cookbook – a resource containing lesson plans linked to Polar food. Helen’s other 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. Helen has recently been appointed as Reviews Editor for the ASE’s Primary Science journal.
Helen has worked for various universities delivering on PGCE and BEd programmes. She also delivers CPD on behalf of the National STEM Centre, for whom she used to work, and many Science Learning Partnerships. In addition to this, Helen delivers staff meetings in local schools, as well as workshops for pupils.
Helen’s outdoor science lesson plans can be downloaded from the Resources tab.
Helen is a level 3 Forest Schools practitioner and first aider, with Professional Indemnity and Public Liability insurance. Helen is also a Futures member of the Association for Science Education (ASE), CLEAPSS and the Institute of Outdoor Learning (IOL).