Ed Walsh is an education consultant specialising in science. A teacher for 20 years and a team leader for 12 of those, he was appointed Science Consultant with Cornwall Learning, then Regional Adviser and later Senior Adviser with the National Strategies. He is an author, editor, curriculum developer and CPD provider.
A strong element of Ed’s work since 2002 has been working with teachers and subject leaders to identify and support the improvement of provision for Science. Ed is a Senior Regional Hub Leader for Primary Science Quality Mark and was involved with developing the secondary counterpart: Science Mark.
Having been a classroom practitioner for many years and being passionate about students of all ages learning about science, some of Ed’s work is now devoted to developing teaching and assessment materials. This includes being Series Editor for Harper Collins on their KS3 Science and GCSE (AQA and OCR Gateway) series of student books and other resources. At primary, he was a consultant for Rising Stars on KS2 Assessment materials and Achieve Science revision materials.
However, Ed’s focus isn’t on Science to the exclusion of other subjects and he has a strong commitment to developing the role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). He is the author of a wide ranging set of STEM curriculum materials for Siemens Education covering KS2, 3 & 4. Other clients in this area include BMW/Mini, Shelter, Syngenta, Tenovus and Thorpe Park.
Another key aspect of Ed’s work is designing and delivering CPD events, covering areas such as implementing new examination courses, progression and assessment in primary and secondary science creative approaches to teaching and the use of tablet devices to support teaching in STEM subjects. He is a Regional Development Lead for Science Learning Network South West and a CPD provider for AQA, the National Science Learning Centre and the Association for Science Education.
He also has a long standing involvement with initial teacher training and tutors on both the Cornwall Primary and Secondary SCITT programmes.