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2019 winners of the Teachers of Physics Awards announced

The winners of the 2019 Teachers of Physics Awards are announced today (29 October).


The IOP Teachers 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 state of physics teaching in their school.

Understanding and enjoying science can lead to a rewarding career, improved analytical thinking skills, a life-long interest, or all of these. An inspiring teacher can be crucial to encouraging this.

Without dedicated physics teachers there would be no physics, mechanical engineering or astronomy undergraduates. We would have far less physics-based research and industry, and the world would not benefit from the contributions made by physicists to the continually expanding knowledge of the world in which we live. Physics and physicists have a vital role to play in solving some of the 21st century’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, supporting an ageing population and ensuring consistent food and energy supplies.

Committed to working with teachers of physics at all levels and across the schools landscape, the IOP has a strong track record of supporting school physics education: from its scholarship programme for new applicants, to its comprehensive programme of face-to-face ongoing professional development, and online teacher support through the IOPSpark website.

The IOP also supports teachers through its School Grants Scheme, which offers up to £600 of funding for schools, colleges or home school groups based in the UK and Ireland. Teacher training scholarships provide tax-free funding and a package of exclusive support to train and teach in England, and the schools and colleges affiliation scheme enables schools and colleges in the UK and Ireland to receive posters, resources and publications.  Classroom resources and extra-curricular resources and activities which include specialist subject matter are available to support all levels, and the IOPSpark and talkphysics.org  platforms provide online support and bring teachers together to share experiences and best practice.

Chris Shepherd, Teacher Support Manager at the IOP, said:

"Every year, 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 and thank them for going the extra mile for their students, their school and their subject."

All the winners will be presented with a prize of £1,000, a paperweight award and a certificate at the Institute of Physics annual awards dinner in November.

Read about this year's winners.