Dr Julia Jenkins


​Position:Senior Lecturer
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​Room No:​B214


• Association of Science Education

Research Interests:
• Thinking skills
• Assessment for learning
• Critical thinking and problem solving
• Metacognition 


Other Publications:
Guidance material for Welsh Goverment: Why develop thinking and assessment for learning in the classroom, How to develop thinking and assessment for learning in the classroom, A guide to using PISA as a learning context, Curriculum planning guidance for LNF

Co-author of 'Launchpad' science materials for KS3 (UWIC press)

Development of classroom 'Rich Tasks' for TLC! 


External consultant for Welsh Government (2005-2014). Co-lead on 'developing thinking and assessment for learning programme', lead on 'secondary PISA support programme', team member as development of support materials with TLC! For Scientific Literacy. Reviewer for OSAMs (optional skills assessment materials).

Trainer for British Council, Connecting Classrooms: Critical thinking and problem solving

Educational consultant for ITNEdu: use of news archive/ video to support STEM teaching and learning

Subject expert for science for OFQUAL: subject reviewer


I joined Cardiff Metropolitan University as Senior Lecturer in Secondary science education as a Physics specialist in September 2015. A teacher of over 20 years experience, I have taught in three Local Authorities, holding posts as Science Advisory teacher, Head of Science, CASE coordinator and teacher of physics and science. I graduated from University College Swansea in 1994 with a PhD in Physics and completed my PGCE at Swansea immediately after.

In addition to my work at Cardiff Metropolitan University, I am PGCE tutor for Science for the Open University, External mentor for Induction of NQTs and Masters in Educational Practice. I offer advice as a consultant on effective pedagogy, science curriculum and skills development and am at home coaching and working with teachers working in the classroom as well as leading INSET. As an OFQUAL Science expert, I am involved in reviewing the science curriculum and participating in comparative studies for GCSE and A level qualifications.

My interest in Thinking Skills and Assessment for learning was sparked through CASE (Cognitive Acceleration through Science Education) and my subsequent work on this with King's College London.