Teacher Awards 2019 Winners

The IOP Teaching of Physics Awards celebrate outstanding classroom practice in the teaching of physics and recognise the success of secondary school teachers in the UK and Ireland who, by their dedication and excellence in the classroom, have raised the status of physics and science in their school.

Chris Shepherd, IOP Teacher Support Manager, said, “I am delighted to be able to recognise and applaud these colleagues who, through personal commitment, skill and dedication, have made significant positive differences to the teaching of physics, student experience and level of student achievement in their school. On behalf of the Institute of Physics, I warmly congratulate them.”

Each winner received a prize of £1,000, a paperweight award and a certificate, which were presented at the Institute of Physics annual awards dinner in November.

Andrew Seal, Beechen Cliff School, Bath

“Andrew is an enthusiastic head of science. The high demand from external applicants for A-level physics is a testament to his impact.”

Karen Young, Loreto College, Dublin

“Karen has led her subject from strength to strength. She inspires confidence through independent learning and has established a mentoring programme within the school.”

Nick Sewell, Ysgol Friars, Bangor

“Nick creates a fun and enriching classroom. His busy lab, filled with contraptions which he has built, inspires his pupils to take a hands-on approach to practical work.”

Rachael Donoghue, Caistor Grammar School, Lincolnshire

“Rachael’s enthusiastic leadership of her department has led to physics being one of the most popular A-level courses within the school.”

Nancy Hunter, Anderson High School, Shetland

“Nancy is an experienced and outstanding teacher. Within the classroom, she creates a rich educational environment and strives to remove any barriers to learning.”

Georgios Aronis, University Technical College, Reading

“Georgios goes the extra mile in supporting his pupils to strive for success. Determined to inspire future physics teachers, he is an encouraging and motivating mentor.”

Simon Hewitt, The Judd School, Kent

“Simon is an experienced leader of a fantastic team. He encourages bold, exciting demonstrations and experiments within his department, often building new equipment for enriching the subject.”

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