Dr Foster is Vice Principal at Camborne Science and International Academy and the Director of Nexus and Cornwall School of Maths and Science. She has previously held roles as Head of Science, Assistant Headteacher and SENCO. She was a Teaching and Learning Consultant in Science for Cornwall Council, and has led the Oxbridge-Cornwall Hub and the Triple Science Support Hub. She is currently leading Nexus as a Centre for Excellence in education for the most able and an IRIS Partner School.
Dr Foster’s background is in Biology; her Doctorate was awarded for her work with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on Maximising Biodiversity in Woodlands planted through the Farm Woodland Scheme. Conclusions from her work have been used in national guidance to farmers and landowners to increase the biodiversity in the British landscape.
Dr Foster is the author of a number of publications. These include Triple Science teaching guidance for the Learning and Skills Support Network; the 21st Century Science textbook for Harper Collins and e-resources for Pearson. She has written a book for the Association of Science Education about the Effective use of Teaching Assistants in Science. She was co-author of the National Strategies e-guide to supporting Gifted and Talented students in Science. Most recently she has written one of the guides for effective delivery of Triple Science for STEM Learning. She has delivered at numerous conferences across the UK and in Ireland on Science teaching and supporting the Most Able.
Jo is an Advisory Teacher for Engineering UK, and a Trustee for the Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS). In September 2018, she was appointed as the STEM Education Trustee of the Science Museum Group by the Prime Minister. She has also been appointed to the Education Committee of the Royal Society, a position which commences in January 2019.