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Deborah Herridge

Assistant Professor

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Deborah began her career as a social researcher and statistician working in the Scottish Office and the NHS but later qualified as a primary teacher and taught in both the UK and Middle East. Deborah is a specialist in primary science teaching and she has written numerous books, articles and six schemes of work for science. She is published worldwide with her work being translated into several languages and used in schools across five continents. Currently she leads Religion and Worldviews education across the Initial Teacher Education programmes at Northumbria University, is the year lead for the first years on the BA Primary Education Programme and she is proud to hold the university's Collaborative Distinguished Teaching Fellowship award.

Deborah regularly contributes on science in the teaching press and has just published schemes of work in Primary Science for Pearson Global and Hachette Global. Her work is also the recommended text for science in the Cambridge International Primary Curriculum.

Previously she was the CPD leader at Science Learning Centre North East where she featured in the Teachers TV series 'Inspirational CPD'. A Chartered Science Teacher and longstanding Member of the Royal Institution and the Association for Science Education, Deborah remains fascinated by how the world works and is driven to encourage the non-expert science teacher to find exciting and accessible ways for children to learn about it.

Deborah’s current research interest focusses on the use of simulation in initial teacher education.

Deborah Herridge

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Staff perceptions on implementing interprofessional education for undergraduate students in health, social work and education, Harper, L., Luke, C., Mulholland, K., Callum, J., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Gray, W., Anderson, A., McGill, F., Davies, J. 28 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • "The Bits of the Job Beyond Teaching": Can simulation-based learning in Initial Teacher Education better prepare students for real-life as a teacher?  , Mulholland, K., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Luke, C., Gray, W., Meller, S., Counihan, C. 13 Sep 2023
  • Using simulation in a primary education context to encourage student engagement and professional learning, Gray, W., Luke, C., Meller, S., Mulholland, K., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Nichol, D. 14 Apr 2023, European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference
  • Welcome Matviy: Working in staff–student partnerships to develop simulation-based learning to support teachers’ understanding of EAL, Luke, C., Counihan, C., Nichol, D., Meller, S., Mulholland, K., Gray, W., Anderson, A., Herridge, D., Karikis, D., Sanderson, R., Collard, E., Hill, R. Sep 2023
  • ‘We need more conversations like this’: The impacts of working with student pedagogic consultants in developing simulation-based pedagogies, Mulholland, K., Nichol, D., Counihan, C., Herridge, D., Anderson, A., Meller, S., Luke, C., Gray, W. 15 Oct 2023, In: Journal Of Applied Learning and Teaching
  • “Everyone’s talking about Oscar.”: Using simulation in a primary education context to encourage student engagement and professional learning, Luke, C., Meller, S., Anderson, A., Gray, W., Nichol, D., Herridge, D., Mulholland, K. 3 Nov 2022, UCET Annual Conference 2022
  • “Everyone’s talking about Oscar”: Using simulation in a primary education context to encourage engagement in professional learning whilst managing cognitive load, Anderson, A., Mulholland, K., Herridge, D., Meller, S., Gray, W., Luke, C., Nichol, D. 29 Jun 2022, North East Regional Learning and Teaching Conference 2022
  • Material World: Six week plan on KS1 materials, Herridge, D. 10 May 2022
  • Playful Science in the EYFS: Using Continuous Provision to Support Scientific Learning in Young Children, Herridge, D. 19 Feb 2021, Early Careers in Education, Bingley, Emerald
  • Where's the 'f' in science?: The role of fun in pupils' learning: a model of practice drawn from a study of expert primary science teachers, Herridge, D. 1 Oct 2021, Northumbria ITE online Conference How Children Learn

  • Education PGCE September 01 1996
  • PGDip June 30 1985
  • Social Research BSc (Hons) September 01 1981
  • Chartered Science Teacher CSciTeach 2009


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