Portfolio

Since starting as a freelancer in 2010 I have worked with over 20 different organisations. Some of them are listed here - please click on the names for more information.

This has provided me with a wealth of experience and skills:

Extensive knowledge of the 2014 English KS3 national curriculum for science and the 2011 GCSE and IGCSE specifications for all major English boards. Working knowledge of English KS2 science and the NGSS (USA curriculum).

Ability to write in different formats and for different purposes: teaching materials, textbooks, interactive content, assessment, CPD materials, film and animation scripts, iPad applications and blog posts.

Experience of working in university-based projects on curriculum design.

Good knowledge of current educational research and use of evidence-based teaching pedagogies.

Creative and imaginative.

Can work to strict deadlines whilst working on many projects at the same time.

Good ICT skills including the use of Wordpress, Moodle, Magenta and Asana.

Eight years experience of working as a science teacher including three in a leadership role.

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  • Project that is part of the EU Science in society agenda to promote more Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

    My responsibilities

    I am working as part of the Sheffield Hallam University team who are responsible for creating the classroom materials.

    Designing engaging, news based resources integrating RRI principles, the science curricula of EU countries and research-informed pedagogy.

    Working to strict deadlines in order to publish one activity every 2 weeks.

    Uploading resources to the website.

    Attending online and face-to-face meetings to pitch and present ideas to the other partners.

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  • European project looking at teacher training on inquiry. 

    My responsibilities

    Writing lesson plans and resources that follow the 5E lesson structure and utilises the pedagogical framework of gradual release of responsibility.

    Designing suitable activities for teacher CPD workshops.

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  • GCSE tutor videos and apps.

    My responsibilities

    Worked closely with film crew, animators and editors in creating engaging videos for GCSE students.

    Quality assessed chemistry and biology GCSE videos.

    Wrote scripts for videos covering GCSE biology and chemistry content in an imaginative way.

    Wrote interactive questions for an iPad application.

    Consulted the company on developing clips for IGCSE biology and chemistry.

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  • An online adaptive learning platform

    My responsibilities

    Wrote physics content into the back-end of the website.

    Created units from scratch using the KS3 curriculum and GCSE specifications, making sure that all content was covered.

    Sourced my own creative commons images and videos and linked these into the lessons to create a rich and varied learning experience for students.

    Edited the chemistry and biology content.

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  • A communications agency specialising in education, learning and schools.

    My responsibilities:

    Quality assessor of resources submitted for the Cooperative Green Schools Revolution project.

    Writer of lesson plans and accompanying resources for KS3 and KS4 lessons on energy transfers and resources.

    Writer of KS3 lesson plans and resources for the Coldham Farm educational centre.

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  • Organisation run jointly by ASE and CSE at Sheffield Hallam University. Creates topical activities, the Wikid and Segue KS3 curricula and GCSE materials (Crucial).

    My Responsibilities

    Worked closely with the creative director and other editors to design the KS3 curriculum and GCSE materials.

    Writer and editor of teaching materials.

    Project-manager of a group of teachers who wrote content. Wrote project briefs, organised workload and edited their work.

    Educational consultant and writer on a joint project with the NHS Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening programme.

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  • Educational publishers

    My responsibilities

    Author and editor for the Always Learning Gateway - a virtual learning environment.

    Wrote interactive assessments using a template.

    Co-authored the GCSE Edexcel Chemistry student book and supporting materials, including student worksheets and teacher guides.

    Designed PowerPoint presentations for the interactive content of core GCSE materials. 

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  • Educational publishers

    Key responsibilities

    Writer of biology practical resources for the Cambridge Secondary 1 curriculum and exam-style chemistry assessment.

    Editor of biology lesson plans.

    Writer of biology online resources for the KS3 curriculum.

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  • Over 1000 films and support learning material on maths, science and geography.

    My responsibilities

    Consultant of how to use their resources to create interactive lessons and designing a primary curriculum.

    Writer of lesson plans, assessment and quiz questions based on their video clips.

    Designing a module for the TigTag virtual learning environment.

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  • Educational publishers

    My responsibilities

    Writer of biology and chemistry lesson plans, teaching resources and assessment for their new KS3 curriculum.

    Writer of blog articles for the online Teachers' Club.

    Reviewed assessment.

     

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  • The world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences.

    My responsibilities

    Writer of online assessment designed to bridge the gap between pre-16 and post-16 chemistry courses.

    Used a Moodle platform.

    Writer of chemistry quiz questions in collaboration with 3P Learning. The quiz is be used in schools across the world during National Science Week 2015.

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  • My responsibilities

    Author of KS3-5 learning resources for Oxford Sparks.

    Meet with researchers and write unique and interesting resources based on their work.

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  • Educational publishers

    My responsibilities

    Biology author for AQA and Edexcel biology revision guides/workbooks and the BTEC Applied Science coursebook.

    Writer of teacher packs (lesson plans and worksheets) for Edexcel additional biology, BTEC applied science.

    Editor of teacher packs for extension biology.

    Writer of exam style GCSE science questions for assessment packs.

    Writer of animation scripts for KS2 curriculum (Snap Science).

    Quality assessor of KS2 materials.

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  • Company which develops innovative educational resources

    My responsibilities

    Education consultant for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Faraday Teaching Resources.

    Writer of ten engaging teaching activities on transport with a STEM focus. I wrote lesson plans, student worksheets and a national competition.

    Advised the company on content for STEM career videos.

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  • Producer of audio-visual podcasts.

    My responsibilities

    Writer of biology GCSE and biology/chemistry IGCSE revision podcasts.

    Quality assessed biology and chemistry clips.

    Consulted them on how to put together suites suitable for IGCSE by mapping their existing clips to exam specifications.

     

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  • Interactive science lessons for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

    My responsibilities

    Writer of scripts for interactive lessons based on the 5E teaching model and the content from the Next Generation Science Standards.

    Creator of exciting yet accessible activities, tasks and quizzes.

     

Testimonials

"I have had the pleasure of working with Gemma on several occasions.

During my time as Science Commissioning Editor at Nelson Thornes Gemma was involved in writing KS3 and KS4 science teaching materials for various projects - both for print and online resources. More recently I have commissioned Gemma on behalf of my client in my new freelance project management capacity.

I have no hesitation in recommending Gemma to my clients for their projects, she is a very talented science education writer. She follows briefs very well and brings great ideas and originality to a project. Her experience as a secondary science teacher is reflected in her clear but engaging writing style. Gemma has always delivered her work on time and is always willing to take on the less than straight forward jobs; for example, she recently edited and rewrote some materials written by another author, in order to make them fit the project brief. I look forward to working with Gemma again soon."

Sharon Thorn (Freelance project manager)

"Gemma is very knowledgeable and creative. I highly recommend her and will work with her in my future projects."

Rashin M (Koantum)

"Excellent work completed to deadline, with clear and professional communication throughout. The task had some unusual specifications but Gemma understood and fulfilled them perfectly."

Richard B (PlayBrighter)

"Gemma creates sound, engaging and clear content, which is pitched at the right level and in line with the brief provided. Her content is supportive of students who find science difficult, and she writes in an informative and easy-to-read style. Gemma understands the challenges facing teachers in the classroom and is engaged with current issues in science education, including how to approach group based and online learning.

I can also highly recommended Gemma in terms of delivery, which is always clear, efficient and timely, even when deadlines are challenging. I’ve found Gemma to be a very reliable and responsive author who is also very helpful with queries that arise on a project, and I wouldn’t hesitate to work with her again."

Becky Breuer (Publisher, Smart Science)