Network Manager

National Coordinator for the Institute of Physics Teachers Network

Gary Williams

Gary Williams
National Coordinator for the Institute of Physics Teachers Network
Location: LD2

Career I worked for 4 years as a lab technician in the physics and computing departments at Wrekin College in Wellington, Shropshire studying with the Open University in my spare time. After completing my PGCE under Brenda Jennison at Cambridge University and doing my school based experience at Hinchingbrooke and Van Dyke schools I lectured in IT at a tertiary college. That wasn't as much fun as physics so I moved across to Norwich in my quest for a full time physics teaching job and taught at Hellesdon High School and then moved to Brecon High School in Powys, Wales. There then followed a year at King's School in Worcester and then I went on to be the HoD at the John Beddoes School in Presteigne in Powys. Around this time I joined the Editorial Board of Physics Education. After three years I moved on to Christ College in Brecon and started as one of the pilot Teacher Network Coordinators as I'd been organising meetings of Powys physics teachers for some time. I also gained an MPhil from Aberystwyth University that I'd been studying for in my spare time. Shortly afterwards I took over as the Editor in chief of Physics Education and National Coordinator for the Teacher Network. I'm currently studying part-time for an MSc in Teacher Education from Oxford University.

Links with other agencies
We work quite closely with the Science Enhancement Project who do marvellous work with resources. We also work with the SLCs and the NSLC and have good links with the RSC. Locally I know quite a few of the physics teachers in Powys although I wish I could do more on a local level.

Professional interests
I'm interested in how the physics teaching community makes progress on a large scale and how the IOP can help facilitate it.

Teacher Network workshops

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CPD sessions

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