Mrs Alyssia Fiander-Houlden

Subject Lecturer (Biology) Initial Teacher Education, Education

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 987330

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker


My background is diverse, with a convoluted route into in Science. Originally completing education with higher education in psychology and Equine Science, I worked as an International Eventing Groom in Italy, before turning my teaching passion towards the classroom.

My educational background consists of teaching in academies and enhancing student engagement. I am the Biology PGCE lead and in my previous posts I have been a Head of Science, Lead Teacher of Science and also the More Able Lead, STEM Co-ordinator and Duke of Edinburgh Lead for schools. In the past, I have spoken at national educational conferences about STEM teaching and STEM Clubs from KS2-KS5.

My main interests lie in addressing barriers to STEM engagement, particularly in disadvantaged students. I am starting a PhD where my thesis is to address how schools can actively overcome these barriers to ensure we have STEM specialists for the future. I am also interested in assisting student teachers to understand the role of Behaviour for Learning (BfL) and how this can help student wellbeing in the classroom.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Engagement into STEM Subjects at KS3&4
  • Challenging more able learners
  • Behaviour for Learning
  • Teaching and Learning

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

With biology as a specialism and a passion for physics, biomechanics is one of my favourite teaching subjects, as is neuroscience and psychology. I also love teaching many aspects of physics, such as astrophysics, energy and waves.

Award Highlights

Shortlisted for TES Science Team of the Year 2015

BANES and Somerset “Science Week Activities of the Year” winner 2016

BANES and Somerset STEM Teacher of the Year 2017