Dr Simon Grant

Dr Simon Grant

Physics & Philosophy degree, school teaching, practicing hypnotherapy and house renovation; PhD studying Cognitive Science (Strathclyde); lecturing in human-computer interaction (City University) and postdoc work in Italy, learning about the Web (on the side); on to Internet skills training (University of Liverpool); attempted entrepreneurship; focused on interoperability and standards around personal development and skills. I try to discern where I am being led — open, commons, non-hierarchical: values, spirituality, technology, learning and governance (Quakers, Lancaster Cohousing, Green Elephant, CETIS LLP); wishing to join with others to build greater ideas for the future and put them into practice.

Key research Interests: interoperability, skills, competence, values, governance, peer-to-peer

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

Dr Rebecca Torrance Jenkins

I am a doctor of education (UCL Institute of Education) specialising in cognitive and neuroeducational pedagogy, particularly in translating research into classroom practice, and also a science teacher. Currently, I am drawing on both my teaching and academic experience to work with a number of schools across the North of England, helping them to use aspects of educational neuroscience that are ready and appropriate for the classroom.

After an initial three INSET visits, we continue to work in partnership with schools and touch base regularly. We measure baseline levels of pupil academic performance and motivation /attitude towards school, and compare this to a mid-test and post-test measure. I undertook a PhD after 6 years’ full time teaching (science). My research entailed training teachers in using cognitive load theory (CLT), Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education (CASE), brain targeted teaching (BTT), and how to use general research based cognitive and neuroeducational strategies to improve pupil participation and enjoyment in science. I have also been a co-author of a paper commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to explore initiatives taken by some schools to enhance science learning and teaching. I have written for other science education journals. After a PGCE in science (Cambridge), I taught in Oxford (2 years) and London (4 years), with a sabbatical in Sri Lanka where I trained teachers and produced a teachers’ resource handbook. To keep my eye in with current science curricula, I regularly tutor GCSE pupils. I live in Derbyshire with my husband and young family.