IOP endorses award for primary science teaching specialist

17 November 2017

Science specialist Ruth Shallcross was presented with an IOP-endorsed Primary Science Teacher Award by the Institute’s South West regional officer Miranda Addey at a ceremony in Bristol in October.

The Primary School Teaching Trust (PSTT) gives Primary Science Teacher Awards to teachers who are innovative and creative in teaching science, inspire colleagues, contribute to developing science in their school and beyond and engage pupils in the excitement and fascination of science.

Ruth received one of the awards in 2013 for her outstanding achievement in her role as assistant headteacher at Eastfield Primary School in Enfield, north London. At the ceremony on 10 October this award was also endorsed by the IOP in recognition of her ongoing outstanding work in primary science, in particular in supporting the teaching of light at Key Stage 2.

The PSTT said Ruth had “continued to support and disseminate excellence in primary science education practice through a wide range of activities”. These had included delivering numerous training sessions for her local authority, running an innovative workshop on teaching light to pupils at the PSTT’s international conference, and writing on her ideas for addressing children’s misconceptions in reflection of light.

Since September 2017 she has worked full time for the PSTT as a regional mentor. In her current role she is “identifying and addressing specific needs of teachers and schools in delivering high quality primary science education throughout London and the south east of England,” the PSTT said.

Commenting on the presentation, Ruth said: “What an honour and delight to have my award endorsed by the Institute of Physics!”