North East

The North East has three active Physics Network Coordinators who work a team.

Carol Davenport
Mark Teale
Ruth Wiltsher
David Featonby is retiring from his role as PNC but still works on promoting physics.


Dr Carol Davenport

Dr Carol Davenport
Physics Network Coordinator in the North East

Email: carol.davenport@rocketmail.com

Current Position
I currently work part-time at the Science Learning Centre North East as a professional development leader mainly for post-16 teachers and lecturers, although I do work with my colleagues to deliver secondary CPD as well. Prior to this role, I taught Physics (and Science) at a large North East school for over 7 years. Even further back in the mists of time I started my teaching career at Barnsley College as a Physics lecturer. I am also the Chief Examiner for AQA GCE Science in Society.

Personal interests
When not acting as a taxi service for my 3 children I enjoy reading, Karate, taking photographs and digital scrapbooking.

Central workshops I can deliver

Delivered successfullyNew ideas?
VPLab
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

  • It’s not magic, it’s physics
  • Ice

Mark Teale

Mark Teale
Physics Network Coordinator in the North East

Email: tealemark@hotmail.com

Current position
Head of Physics at Churchill Community College, Wallsend teaching 11-18 year olds.

Initial training
Leicester University and PGCE at Sunderland University

Career
I have been in teaching for 8 years after many years in the oil industry as a geologist and then for a large IT company as a project manager.

Personal interests

When not pursuing my interest promoting physics I enjoy running, mountain biking, photography as well as spending time with my family.

Aim/Mission

I have always been an enthusiastic physics teacher. I want to spread that enthusiasm and help children and their teachers to see that it is a magical subject that gets better and better the more you work at it!


Ruth Wiltsher
Teacher Network Co-ordinator in the North East

Email: ruth.wiltsher@physics.org

Current Position
Teacher Network Co-ordinator and Teaching and Learning Coach in the North East

Initial Training
Physics degree and PGCE

Career
Physics teaching in the North-East, Bristol area and Bracknell in almost all types of schools and colleges.

Links
Locally involved with the ASE. After many years of Nuffield A-level physics examining, I am now Principal Moderator for Edexcel A level Physics.

Central workshops I can deliver

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


Specialist workshops I offer

  • Forces
  • Everyday physics (practical physics for starters, plenaries and science clubs)
  • Now you see it, now you don’t (invisible parts of the electromagnetic spectrum)
  • Electricity
  • Sound
  • Particle physics and cosmology

David Featonby

David Featonby
Physics Network Coordinator

Email: david.featonby@onetel.net

Current Position
I have been a Physics Network Coordinator since 2003 and provide support for anyone teaching physics.

Since retiring after 35 years in the classroom I have presented workshops in the UK and Europe and written several articles on physics in the classroom, published in the IOP journal Physics Education. The workshop I devised based on the "What Happens Next?" idea has been delivered extensively around the country. I have also represented the UK on three occasions at the Pan European "Science on Stage" Festivals, in Geneva, Grenoble and Berlin and am at present working with others on the European Committee planning the next festival in Copenhagen in April 2011.

I have several workshop/presentations which are ready to deliver including "Toys and Physics", "What Happens Next?", "Dare we teach (spinning) tops?" and "Marvin and Milo- exciting experiments to take home!"

Personal Interests
I am now retired and share my time between my wife, my grandchildren, my church, my caravan in the Lake District, playing the Northumbrian Pipes and the IOP.



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