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Richard Baker


The Astley School, Hemel Hempstead



Current Role

Lead Practitioner and Joint Subject leader of Science



About me

I have 18 years teaching experience in both Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire and have taught both Single and Double Science to GCSE and A Level Biology and Chemistry.

I was appointed a Lead Practitioner in 2014 and was asked to be a Joint Subject Leader in 2015. My goal was to turn Science around and help the school move from a 3 to 2. This was achieved when our school was inspected in June 2016 and was awarded a good rating.

Through my role as a lead practitioner I have led training and development on AfL, the use of EAL in Science and the use of internet learning platforms such as Doddle and Tassomai. I also have presented the use of internet learning platforms at Teach Meets.

As a PiXL school we share information and expertise across schools and in January I visited a school in Potters Bar to assist with their data analysis and Ofsted preparation.

My school is a member of the East Dacorum Learning Partnership and as such I also work with Adeyfield school and teach A Level Biology at both schools.

I have experience in mentoring. I mentored ITT students as part of the St Albans Federation and previously mentored NQTs, many who are now in senior teaching positions.

In my previous school (Tring School), I was an Assistant Subject Leader with responsibility for Biology and then KS5 Science. I successfully ran several trips including an annual 6 day residential field trip with 40 A Level Biologists to Wales.

In the 13 years that I was at Tring I held the position of WRL and Enterprise Coordinator and was a Head of House for 6 years.


Specialist area of expertise


Other area of expertise ITT and NQT Training
Recent Training Doddle Learning
Exam Boards Taught

Edexcel Double Science
AQA Trilogy
AQA Single Science
OCR A Level Biology
OCR A Level Chemistry