IOP celebrates new teacher training scholars

25 September 2015

Liberally borrowing ideas, experimenting and grabbing opportunities were among the advice given to 58 of IOP’s newest teacher training scholars at the first of two celebration events, held on 12 September at the Academy of Medical Sciences in London.

IOP celebrates new teacher training scholars

Scholars are selected in a competitive process to receive £25,000 of funding as well as mentoring support and IOP membership during their training year. The Institute awarded 118 scholarships for 2015/6.

One of last year’s scholars, Fern Langran-Goldsmith, returned to share some of what she’d learned during her training year. She recommended they steal as much as they can, since everyone they meet will have ideas they can use, not be afraid to experiment and to try new things, and to take every possible opportunity presented to them while they’re training.

IOP’s head of education, Charles Tracy, welcomed the new scholars to our community, saying that they’d be part of the intellectual development of thousands of young people. He added that teaching physics is “purposeful, communal, lastingly important and deeply satisfying”.

Dr David Cameron, who manages the Institute’s Stimulating Physics Network, explained how the programme would support them in their teaching and how the mentoring relationship would work. He said that physics teachers being in short supply also means they get little support, but that we have a personalised programme of support for all the scholars. He added that mentoring isn’t a process but a personal relationship.

IOP’s teacher support manager, Chris Shepherd, gave the scholars an idea of what to expect during their training and said that they should “make mistakes – but make the right ones”.

Scholars met their mentors and also had the chance to try out one of the Marvin and Milo experiments and discuss how they would approach teaching the concepts it involves.

Marketing assistant Jo Keogh, who organised the event, said: “Not only was the day enjoyable, friendly and fun but it also had a great sense of community and passion for physics teaching. I’m looking forward to working with the 2015/16 cohort in the future.”