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Prior to joining King’s in 2020, Jessie’s background was in physics research where she completed a PhD in theoretical physics at Queen Mary University of London.

During her doctoral studies she was a teaching assistant for undergraduate students. Jessie worked in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge after finishing her PhD, in a role which she now does part-time alongside her role in the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics group at King’s.

At Cambridge she works on a DfE funded educational platform for secondary and university level physics students, and conducts physics education research to evaluate its impact. She also delivered physics lessons to secondary school students as part of the outreach events run by the Department of Physics.

At King’s, she works with Professor Chris Harrison on the PASS project (Practical Assessment in School Science), which is joint with the University of York Science Education Group. She is a member of ASE and BERA. Alongside her undergraduate and doctoral studies, she has had many education related roles: she was the STFC Astronomer at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, teaching students from KS2 to KS5; she has tutored, volunteered, and been invited to speak at primary and secondary schools; and completed an Ogden Trust Teach Physics internship.

Research interests

The PASS project investigates GCSE practical science and how it is assessed and taught. Recent changes to GCSE assessment mean practical skills in science are assessed entirely in the written examination. It is therefore important to ascertain whether how students are taught practical skills affects their attainment in the written assessment. This project uses quantitative data as well as qualitative classroom observations and interviews. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Gatsby Foundation. Jessie is also interested in physics education (self-efficacy and misconceptions) and diversity and inclusion in STEM.

For details of Jessie’s publications please see her research staff profile.