IOP teacher support in Wales

IOP Education in Wales is changing. 

We’ve welcomed our new Education Manager, Samantha Borley, plus several new IOP Coaches, but said a sad farewell to David Cunnah, longstanding IOP Wales National Manager.

Delegates at the Brecon meeting get hands-on making squishy circuits

The 18th Annual Welsh Physics Teachers Conference took place in Brecon in October. Almost 100 teachers, technicians and trainees enjoyed a range of practical workshops and networking opportunities. There were also lectures from Professor Rachel Cross (Aberystwyth University) and Professors Averil Macdonald and Alun Vaughan (University of Southampton).

We work with schools in two main projects funded by the Welsh government:

  1. Stimulating Physics Network Wales is our team of physics coaches who provide free high quality, bespoke CPD to teachers of physics and their students in secondary schools. This could be CPD sessions, pupil support activities or online support. We are also able to help with adapting to the new curriculum. If you are a newly qualified teacher or if physics isn’t your specialism, get in touch if you would like support. 
  2. Improving Gender Balance has begun its pilot year and is working with two clusters of secondary schools and a selection of their feeder primary schools to identify and address issues around gender imbalance in subject choices. The bespoke interventions will include inclusive teaching workshops and IOP coach attendance at options/parents’ evenings in order to engage the wider school community.

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