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teaching & learning


professional development

organisational psychology

David Shakespeare has worked on projects with a wide range of organisations - for example ...

Development of curriculum and assessment


Standards and Testing Agency

  • Curriculum adviser on development of the KS2 national tests, performance descriptors and exemplification
  • Advisor on KS3, GCSE and A levels programmes of study

Cambridge Assessment International Education

  • Expert review and comparison of various international science and STEM curricula


  • Mapped national curriculum and GCSE statements across keystages to support teacher planning
  • Advised on development of online assessments;
  • Supported development of progress tests for primary and secondary science

United Learning Trust

  • ‘Chair of Standards’ for science – supported primary and secondary teacher groups to enable them to plan for, assess and exemplify standards for the curriculum
  • Developed summative tests for use across all the Trust’s schools

Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Expert review of curriculum map for chemistry


Teaching and learning, CPD and middle-leader development


Many Local Authorities and Teaching School Alliances, and individual academies, schools and colleges

  • Provided training and in-school consultancy and coaching (incl. subject leader development, audit of provision, teacher support for planning, teaching and assessment, teacher action-research projects)

National Network of Science Learning Partnerships

  • Developed training programmes and provided training and acted as adviser to schools regionally
  • Developed train-the-trainer materials to support the work of other consultants
  • Recognised as Senior Facilitator by the STEM Learning ‘CPD Mark’ in 2018

STEM Learning/National STEM Centre

  • Advised on development of a needs analysis tool for teacher CPD in schools
  • Developed a framework, approach and materials to promote the development of Employability Skills young people by STEM Ambassadors

CIEA (Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors)

  • Developed training on applying the principles of educational assessment in schools


Evaluations, and evaluation strategy


Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Evaluated a programme for supporting greater diversity in graduate engineering – assessing the impact on both the students and engineering employers;
  • Evaluated impact of post-16 CPD programme for FE engineering lecturers;
  • Facilitated workshops on evaluation for STEM organisations

Graphic Science/Wellcome Trust

  • Evaluated impact of a neuroscience enhancement project in schools

Nuffield Curriculum Centre

  • Evaluated a KS3 STEM cross-curricular project
  • Evaluated impact of CPD programme for primary science using puppets

STEM Learning/National STEM Centre/STEMNET

  • Developed STEM initiative evaluation guidelines and case studies for use across STEM organisations
  • Developed an evaluation methodology for STEM Partnership
  • Evaluated impact of student enterprise programme across East of England for STEMNET/EEDA


  • Evaluated national trial of APP Science and ICT


Organisational development and organisational psychology


Various local authorities

  • Led programmes of ‘Peer Enquiry’ (appreciative enquiry) for organisational development which involve mutual school self-support across schools of all phases
  • Developed and provided CPD on the theme of team psychology in schools

ASCL (Association for School and College Leaders)

  • Provided courses and consultancy on staff selection using evidence based approaches including psychometric profiling
  • Provided psychometric profiling for staff selection and development

United Learning Trust

  • Provided psychometric profiling for staff selection and development

Welsh Assembly Government

  • Reviewed and recommended (to the National Science Academy) applications for funding for various STEM activities across Wales


  • Ran a national consultation on contracting arrangements for regional STEM support – with Government, STEM support agencies, educational organisations and learned societies
  • Provided strategic advice to align STEMNET closely with schools’ and national agendas

Department for Education

  • Provided advice on strategy and policy on the development of the STEM Cohesion Programme for Prof. Sir John Holman (National STEM Director)

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