Meet the Science Bug authors

Science Bug has been carefully crafted by teachers for teachers. Meet the expert team of authors behind Science Bug below. 


Anne Goldsworthy

Anne Goldsworthy - Series Editor

Anne has taught for 13 years in a variety of primary schools and has run her own science education consultancy business since 1995. She works with teachers in schools and at conferences to help children learn about science and enjoy the experience. She provides interactive, enjoyable and practical sessions throughout the UK and abroad. She has written numerous articles and books including the ‘Science Enquiry Games’ series. Recently she has been part of the small team re-drafting primary science in the national curriculum (England). She still gets excited by children’s reactions to primary science. 


Debbie Eccles

Debbie Eccles - Author

Debbie is a partner working in a partnership known as “Primarily Science”. She is kept busy producing new primary science resources, providing consultancy, and delivering science courses, school based CPD and conference Key notes and workshop sessions. She is also a Primary Programme Leader for STEM Education North West

During her teaching career Debbie has held a number of roles including science co-ordinator and deputy head. Following this she held Local Authority Primary Science Advisory roles in two Local Authorities and continues to work in these and numerous others.

Debbie has contributed to a range of innovative and well received resources, including “Discovery Dog” and “Problem Pup” and most recently with other members of the Primarily Science team and Anne Goldsworthy on the Enquiry Games 4-7 pack.

She is a member of North West Association of Science Education committee. She regularly presents at both regional and national ASE conferences. She has recently contributed to ‘ASE Guide to Primary Science Education’. 

Deborah Herridge


Deborah Herridge - Author

Deborah Herridge is a Senior Lecturer and Primary Science Education Leader for ITE at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. She is a primary teacher who has taught both in the UK and abroad, always with science at the heart of what she does. Deborah has written numerous books and articles and three schemes of work for science and is published worldwide. 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, Deborah remains fascinated by how the world works and is driven to encourage the non science expert to find exciting and accessible ways for children to learn about it.



Tanya Shields - Author

Tanya is a partner in the independent consultancy Primarily Science where she works with education professionals to improve the quality of teaching and learning in science. She works with both
primary and secondary professionals to develop effective CPD opportunities and resources for use in the classroom. Tanya is also the Primary Programme Leader at the National Science Learning Centre and has previously worked as an advisory teacher at the University of York with CIEC Promoting Science. Prior to leaving the classroom Tanya was a primary science subject leader and valued member of the senior leadership team.

Science Bug characterTanya has worked on a number of projects and publications including; AZSTT – Discussions in Primary Science, NZASE Primary Science Conferences – New Zealand, BA CREST Star Investigators, The Puppets Project, Primary Science: A Guide to Teaching Practice (2011), and most recently Science Enquiry Games (4-7 years) Pack. She is also a member of the Yorkshire and Humber Associate of Science Education (ASE) committee and regularly presents at a regional and national level. 



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