Chris Cooknell

  • Name Chris Cooknell
  • School / Setting Churchill academy and sixth form
  • Phase Supported Secondary
  • Subject Specialism Science

My career started in Glasgow with a PGCE in Science and Maths.  After 2 years teaching within earshot of Hampden Park I moved to a large London comprehensive where I taught Science and ICT for 3 years before moving to Somerset.  Since then I have been teaching at Churchill Academy.  I have worked in roles as KS3 coordinator, Head of Physics and 2nd in Science Faculty. Always involved in CPD in 2013 I was accredited as a SSAT Leading Practitioner. During my roles in the science department I have lead teams during periods of change for curriculum and assessment, the introduction of the KS3 national strategy, the 1-9 GCSE and new A-level specification.  This work has involved developing programmes of study and coordinating teams to develop update and organise resources for schemes of work. As a leader teacher I have developed considerable experience in coaching and mentoring.  I have worked with student teachers, NQTs and more experienced staff.  My input has given teachers clarity about the strengths and weaknesses of their practice and given them actionable strategies to implement in their lessons.