About Us

Karen Beswick

Teaching science in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors, Karen was awarded Advanced Skills Teacher status for Primary years in 2003. Alongside teaching and senior leadership, Karen worked in an advisory capacity in a local authority providing tailored programmes and whole borough CPD in science. Karen is now the North West Primary Lead for Teach First and Chair of examiners for the PGDE at the University of Manchester. She is currently completing her Doctorate in Education.

Adrian Bowden

Adrian is company director of Travelling Science Ltd, bringing science shows to schools throughout the North West of England. Adrian taught science at secondary school and F.E. level. He has also been a Key Stage 2 class teacher. For over 15 years he has taught science on the University of Manchester Primary PGCE course and run numerous CPD courses for primary teachers.
He has worked as an educational consultant for the BBC and has advised local museums and universities on engaging the public with science. He is co-author of Essential Primary Science, Open University Press, with Alan Cross.

Jon Board

Jon works as a specialist teacher of primary science at Mauldeth Road Primary School, at both KS1 and KS2. Jon also teaches on the Primary PGCE at the University of Manchester and has worked as an Associate Tutor at Edge Hill University. 
Jon has published Creative Ways to Teach Primary Science, Open University Press, with Alan Cross, and Cambridge Primary Science, a major scheme for Cambridge University Press. Jon works on international curriculum development and teacher training projects and as a consultant for the BBC on Stargazing Live and House of Sound.

Alan Cross

Alan has worked successfully with many schools in the UK and some abroad. He works as a teacher, trainer and teacher educator supporting teachers and schools and writing curriculum and other support materials. Alan is a strong advocate of primary STEM and STEAM subjects. Alan presently works as a consultant to schools, The University of Manchester and the University of Cambridge.