Nicky Waller is an outstanding teacher; she is dedicated and passionate about primary science education, always looking for innovative ways to inspire children and teachers. After working in primary schools as class teacher and science leader, Nicky became primary science advisory teacher for the science-education project ‘Children Challenging Industry’ (CCI). She is employed by the Centre for Industry Education Collaboration (CIEC) at the University of York, and is based in Teesside, working closely with primary schools across the north-east of England.
Nicky’s role is to make primary science ‘hands-on’ and engaging for young children and provide classroom-based training for primary teachers. This, and liaison with local chemical and manufacturing companies, enables pupils to see how the science they learn at school has 'real life' relevance and provides a diverse representation of roles within STEM careers.
In 2016, Nicky was awarded the Institute of Physics Primary Science Teacher of the Year for her excellent contribution to primary science teaching. She has also received a STEM Educators award from the National STEM Learning Centre at the level of national expert, as well as Chartered Science Teacher status.
Nicky’s book ‘A Creative Approach to Teaching Science’ was published by Bloomsbury in 2017. This has enabled her to share her expertise on a wider scale and offer primary teachers an exciting and motivating way of improving children’s ability to work and think like a scientist. The book continues to be a source of support and guidance to primary teachers around the country.