Heather Wain

Areas of Expertise/ Specialisms

Science Education, Initial Teacher Education

Details of your last three roles


Sheffield Hallam University


Head of Academic Development, Department of Teacher Education


April 2018 - present


Effectively Deputy Head of Department

Responsibility for:

  • Initial Teacher Education - curriculum developments and Ofsted preparation
  • student experience
  • teaching learning and assessment


Sheffield Hallam University


Senior Lecturer and then Principal Lecturer


September 2008 - April 2018


Head of Secondary Undergraduate Initial Teacher Education:

  • Line management of colleagues predominantly teaching on the secondary UG programmes
  • Curriculum development
  • Module leader and teaching - physics education modules
  • Module leader and teaching - general education and pedagogy modules
  • Academic tutor
  • Ofsted - secondary phase (Good - November 2017)
  • External Examiner, Leeds University PGCE
  • External Validator, various ITE provision

Science Learning Centre, Yorkshire and the Humber:

  • Co-Director - Leading and managing CPD programme for the regional Science Learning Centre (2013-2015)
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses (pre- and post ITE)
  • Science Additional Specialism Programme (20102012)
  • Physics Education CPD
  • Middle Leadership CPD
  • Institute of Physics Girls into Physics programme 


Horsforth School, Specialist Science College


Assistant Headteacher


September 2002 - August 2008


  • Director of Specialist Science College
  • Curriculum Leader, science

Professional Body Membership(s)

  • Member of Institute of Physics
  • Member Association for Science Education

General Areas of Expertise to Support a Trust Board

  • Educational Leadership in a range of settings
  • STEM Education
  • Initial Teacher Education

Education Improvement Specific Experience and Skills

  • Delivery of science education CPD
  • ITE Ofsted inspection

Specific Leadership and Skills Experience 

  • Middle and Senior Leadership in secondary schools
  • NPQH

HR and Data Handling Specific Experience and Skills

None specific other than would be typical with line management responsibilities - recruitment activity including drawing up job specifications, short-listing and interviewing.

Data handling including interrogation of data for Quality Assurance, meeting KPIs and Ofsted inspection.  I am confident in the interrogation and use of data

Finance Specific Experience and Skills

None specific

Brief comments on why your previous experience is relevant

I have a wide range of experience, working with colleagues from a variety of schools and educational settings including ITT trainees and CPD.

I have an MProf. Research in Education, with a particular interest in gender and physics pedagogy.

I have a particular expertise and interest in the area of STEM education.

I have taken on leadership responsibilities in all the settings I have worked from departmental leadership to my cross- department role in Initial teacher Education at Sheffield Hallam.

I completed my NPQH before moving to work in teacher education.

My role as Co-Director of the Science Learning Partnership (Yorkshire and the Humber and the North East) required me to establish a range of school-led partnerships

I believe these wide range of experiences have given me a holistic view of education and of working with others across a range of educational settings.