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Tom Dawson
Teacher network coordinator for South Staffs, Telford and Wrekin
Newport Girls’ High School
Wellington Road
TF10 7HL

Tel: 01952 386400

Current position
Head of Science Faculty, Newport Girls’ High School

Initial training
Physics and Chemistry Joint hons (Keele), PGCE, NPQH

I have worked in comprehensive and grammar schools in the UK as well as in a part-private school in Malawi, Africa. In addition I have been the West Midlands network co-ordinator for the Physics Enhancement Project.

To support all teachers of physics regardless of their original specialism to help them enjoy teaching physics with confidence. Physics cannot be taught as an accumulation of facts; it relies on understanding to be able to solve problems. Secure subject knowledge is important to be able to do this and helping colleagues to do this very rewarding (and fun!)

I am running both standard IOP workshops as well as bespoke events for colleagues at all Key Stages and welcome requests for further workshops. Please email me to make a request or just to be put on my occasional email shot to be made aware of what is happening in our area.

Personal interests
Outside school I am a member of a fantastically supportive church community where I torture people with my lack of timing on rhythm guitar.

Central workshops I can deliver

Delivered successfullyRockets
What happens next?
Lights, camera, images
Happy to deliverShocked and stunned
New ideas?
Son of new ideas?
Software for skint schools
Games laboratory

Specialist workshops I offer

  • Radioactivity
  • Geology/Earth Science (in partnership with KESU)

Related information

CPD sessions

The Teacher Network offers a number of CPD sessions that can help put a little extra sparkle into your teaching

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