West of Scotland

Tom Clark
Tom Clark

Teacher Network Coordinator in the West of Scotland
15 Myreton Avenue
Kilmacolm PA13 4LJ
Email: tomwc41@googlemail.com



Current position
Ex-Principal Teacher of Physics, Greenock Academy, retired in 2011.

Initial training
I was educated at Airdrie Academy and then entered the world of work in 1968. I worked for 12 years in the steel industry in several post including metallurgical research and development, and steel production. I studied part-time at FE college for four years and then, supported by my employer, studied for a degree at Strathclyde University for a further four years, graduating in 1975.

Before the inevitable demise of steelmaking in Scotland I decided to re-train as a physics teacher in 1980 at Jordanhill College of Education and change to a career in which I had always been interested. Following four years of teaching physics and science in Lanarkshire, I was appointed in 1985 to the post of principal teacher of physics at Greenock Academy.

From 1999 to 2001, in addition to my P.T. role, I worked for Inverclyde Education as a subject network coordinator(physics), a role with many similarities to that of the IOP’s physics network coordinator. From 2006 to 2008 I was seconded by Inverclyde Education to act as science development officer. During this time I was able to combine my full-time work and my PNC work to embed good practice in science and physics teaching firmly in the curriculum of Inverclyde’s primary and secondary schools, as well as provide high-quality physics training and support to teachers in Inverclyde and neighbouring West of Scotland authorities.

I aim to maintain and extend the support currently offered to physics teachers, non-specialist teachers of physics, and primary teachers who have a desire to improve their knowledge and skills related to the teaching of physics topics in Scottish schools. In addition, it is important that student teachers and newly qualified teachers are aware of the support mechanisms which are available to them via the IOP, and that I continue to nurture the good relationship that has been developed between me, as network coordinator for West of Scotland, and teacher training centres such as Strathclyde University and the University of Glasgow.

Central workshops I can deliver

Delivered successfullyRockets
Shocked and Stunned
Software for Skint Schools
Sound and Waves

Specialist workshops I offer

  • Teaching Forces (for primary teachers)
  • Teaching Forces (for non-specialist secondary teachers)
  • Teaching Forces (for physics teachers)
  • Teaching Sound (for secondary non-specialists and primary teachers)
  • Why Physics and Engineering is Important (outreach talk for parents)

Related information

CPD sessions

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