Karen has worked in education for the last twenty years teaching children fom the ages of four to eighteen. In 2003 whilst continuing her work in the classroom, she became an Advanced Skills teacher of primary science and a local authority advisor, providing tailored programmes for schools, and whole borough CPD in science teaching and science leadership.
Karen started teaching at The University of Manchester as a science and design technology consultant on the primary PGCE fifteen years ago, and has worked for the University of Leeds and The University of Manchester as a professional tutor on the primary PGCE. She has since led the Teach First primary science team nationally and is currently the primary and Earky Years curriculum assessment lead and professional tutor at The University of Manchester.
Following a master's in Teaching and Learning at The University of Manchester focusing on assessment in Higher Education, Karen continues her research in Teaching, Learning and Assessment in Higher Education through her work on an Education Doctorate. She is the co-author of a SAGE publication, 'Curious learners in primary maths, science, computing and DT' aimed at trainee and early career teachers, which was nominted by the Association for Science Education for the award of 'book of the year' in 2017.