Primary school teacher wins award presented by the IOP

22 October 2015

Primary school teacher Jo Fenton has won a Primary Science Teacher Award endorsed by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Jo Fenton

The award was presented at a ceremony in London on 12 October by the IOP’s head of education, Charles Tracy. The awards are run by the Primary Science Teaching Trust and Fenton is one of several winners whose awards were sponsored by learned societies, including the IOP.

Fenton is science manager at Orchard Junior School in Dibden Purlieu, Hampshire, where she has “radically changed science planning and delivery”, her citation says, moving away from “a very prescriptive curriculum with structured, closed investigations”. Her innovations have made the science real to the children through trips, “Meet the Scientist” sessions and visits from other professionals whose work is dependent on science, it says.

Commending an excellent lesson on light, it concludes: “Jo is a fantastic, dedicated and caring science teacher who has turned school attitudes to science around within a very short time.”

As an award winner, Fenton becomes a fellow of the Primary Science Teacher College, whose fellows have access to funding of over £500,000 a year to develop new projects, undertake professional development and disseminate best practice.