Laura Harvey

Laura holds a First class honours degree in a Masters of Biochemistry at the University of Bath. During her degree she completed research placements at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford and The Cross Cancer Institute, Alberta, Canada.

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Laura Harvey

Laura completed her PGCE in Secondary Biology at the University of Oxford and was a postgraduate student at Lincoln College. Her first teaching role was at The Chalfonts Community College, in Buckinghamshire, where she flourished over 11 years. Laura was the Leader for Science, securing the best ever GCSE results, an increase of 10% A* to C in just one year. During this time she completed her National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML) before being promoted to a senior leadership role, leading the teaching and learning team.

During her time leading teaching and learning, Laura was the Professional Mentor for Newly Qualified Teachers. Laura was then offered a role to consult and lead the Science department at The Misbourne School, Buckinghamshire. Again, in just a single year, Laura managed to lead a new team to gain a spectacular set of results, resulting in a significant increase in progress eight score for the school.

Laura joined London Met as an Associate Lecturer and has since been promoted to Senior Lecturer Secondary Sciences.

Laura's background in secondary school teaching has meant that she is up to date with all three science disciplines, and has taught all to A level students. Since becoming a lecturer in higher education, she has had the opportunity to teach a variety of areas of the PGCE curriculum.

Laura is particularly interested in current pedagogy and areas of development in secondary school science teaching. She has developed her teaching in retrieval practice, promoting literacy through reading, and the importance of operational instruction in science. Laura is also an advocate of practical science and is developing links with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning to strengthen the hands-on practical content of the PGCE course.

Laura Harvey
Course Leader for PGCE Secondary Science and Senior Lecturer in Secondary Education
E: l.harvey@londonmet.ac.uk

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