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School Heads’ prestigious appointments as Visiting Fellows at STEM Learning

Sheffield Girls’ is delighted to announce that Head Nina Gunson, and Head of Infant and Juniors, Christopher Hald have been appointed Visiting Fellows at STEM Learning.

STEM Learning is the largest provider of STEM education and careers support in the UK, working to develop and support the expertise of teachers and school and college leaders; inspire groups and communities; and engage employers and industry. Nina and Chris will be joining a highly successful organisation with a vision to achieve “a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK”.

As experts in their field as both Science teachers and School leaders, and in their new capacity as Visiting Fellows, our School Heads will support the next phase of development at STEM Learning ensuring that their support packages engage senior leaders to raise the quality of teaching and learning of STEM subjects for all young people.

The initial fellowship period will focus on: the evaluation of STEM Learning’s current CPD and support offer; developing communication strategies to target senior leaders across the sector; and raising the quality and impact of STEM education.

Reflecting on her own career and her appointment with STEM Learning, Nina said: "As teachers, I believe, we all go into education to make a difference to the lives of young people. As a Science teacher, I wanted my pupils to develop the same enthusiasm for science that I have, to recognise how transferable scientific skills are and to see how many careers are open to someone with a science degree. As a school leader, I have been able to play a more strategic role and have had the privilege to work in partnership with other schools and universities to improve city wide experiences and results. I still want my pupils to share my love of science, but above all, I want them to be equipped with the skills to be the innovators, the policy makers and the society shapers of the future.

To have the opportunity to join STEM Learning as a Visiting Fellow and play a leadership role across the national STEM Learning network is something I am incredibly excited by. Whilst I hope the contributions and insights Chris and I can offer will be of value to STEM Learning, I am confident that we too will learn a great deal and this can only be of benefit to Sheffield Girls’.’’

Jon Dunn, Chair of Governors at Sheffield Girls’ said: “Sheffield Girls’ is fortunate to benefit from exceptional levels of expertise in teaching across all subjects and year groups and we are delighted to see the knowledge, capabilities and experience of our School leaders acknowledged with such a prestigious appointment.”

Watch this space for further news and Nina Gunson’s STEM Learning Blog.

Delivering teacher CPD and providing STEM community networks, STEM Learning work in collaboration with the UK Government, employers, educational establishments and other organisations with the aim of providing a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK. Learn more at

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