Ally Davies

Ally Davies
Teacher Network Coordinator in Cambridgeshire




Current position
Teacher of Physics, Netherhall School and 6th Form College, Cambridge

Initial training
MA in Natural Sciences at Cambridge, followed by PGCE also at Cambridge.

Apart from a two year stint in Italy, I have taught since 1991 in comprehensive schools in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. For most of this time I have worked as Head of Physics or Head of Science.
After returning from Milan, I decided that I'd like to readjust my work/life balance by dropping the Head of Science role and cutting out my commuting time, in order that I had more time to spend with my family. Since 2005 I have been Teacher of Physics at Netherhall School and Sixth Form College, five minutes from my front door, here in Cambridge.

Links with other agencies

  • Cambridge Physics Centre - I've been a committee member for more than ten years
  • University of Cambridge Faculty of Education - I have lectured and run practical sessions for Physics PGCE students
  • Cavendish Laboratory outreach program - I have run practical INSET Since working at Netherhall, I have also supervised Part II undergraduate students carrying out their Physics Education module
  • I am an assistant marker for OCR, I am a member of the ASE and IOP and I have recently been awarded grants by the IOP and the Royal Society for a partnership and public engagement project: Smashing Particles!- let's celebrate the LHC

Personal Interests
I am a keen cyclist (commuting, leisure riding and occasional time-trials and long distance rides – I recently completed the Sustrans Hadrian’s Wall Cycle Route).

I also enjoy skiing and walking (preferably in Italy!) in the school holidays.

I love gardening (I do voluntary work growing vegetables with KS1 and KS2 classes at my daughter’s primary school) and enjoy cooking.

I aim to support all Physics Teachers in the local area - students, new teachers, non-specialists teaching physics and the more experienced - from Primary School upwards.

Cambridge has a well deserved reputation as a support centre for teachers of Physics. I wish to build on this strong base.

Central workshops I can deliver

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

Specialist workshops I offer

  • Introduction to the National Schools Observatory
  • Radioactivity
  • Encouraging group work

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