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Dr Colin Forster

Senior Lecturer in Primary Sciences

I teach as a member of the primary science and professional studies teams, following a successful career as a teacher in various schools and educational settings.


I began teaching in South London, working in schools with diverse populations in areas of deprivation. I developed expertise in behaviour management and inclusion and was the science co-ordinator in two schools. My last teaching post was as a deputy head teacher, before I joined the University in 2005. I am keen to support student teachers, particularly through an approach known as ‘Action Research’, and have a passion to help student teachers understand the power of science education to support children’s ability to think critically and intelligently about scientific ideas.


  • BEd (Hons): Primary Education, specialism in Science and Maths, Kingston University, 1997
  • MA (Ed), Masters in Education, Kingston University, *
  • PGCFHE, PGCert in Further and Higher Education, University of Gloucestershire, 2003
  • EdD, Education Doctorate, University of Gloucestershire, 2011

Membership of professional bodies

Member of the Association of Science Education

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


Teaching areas include primary science, professional issues such as behaviour management, action research, and professional development for early career teachers.


Homework in primary schools, learning in primary science, action research methodology and retention of male students on the Primary PGCE.


More publications from Dr Colin Forster can be found in the Research Repository.