Winners of the 2018 Teachers of Physics Award

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Cerys Corbett
St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport

Cerys creates a friendly learning environment in which students are both supported and challenged. As a non-physics specialist, driven by her desire to benefit and motivate her students she strives to improve her subject knowledge and pedagogy. Her lessons challenge and inspire her students and have led to significant improvements in the department’s GCSE results. She is an excellent role model, developing girls’ interest in physics and promoting STEM subjects. For the last seven years she has devoted many hours to running the Engineering Education Scheme Wales project for post-16 students. She encapsulates the notion of physics for all.


Edith Goakes
Wimbledon High School, London

Edith ignites within the young women she teaches an unabashed passion for all things physics. Her teaching style, both energetic and inclusive, makes space within the classroom for independent intellectual discovery. She spear-headed the school-wide Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) initiative, designing and fundraising for a new STEAM room. Collaborating with other departments across the school, Edith has led on cross-departmental projects such as building prosthetic limbs with Design Technology and simulating an earthquake with Geography. As a result of Edith’s drive and enthusiasm, students are now making cross-discipline connections with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

David Hobson

David Hobson
Loreto College, Dublin

David is a true educator who believes in the holistic value of education and contextualises physics. He has successfully raised and maintained the uptake of senior physics and consistently supports his colleagues, helping those whose specialism is not physics to teach the subject. As a Year Head he has provided pastoral guidance to students, while in teaching he has always been willing to give students extra support to ensure their understanding. He has contributed to conferences, meetings and projects, fulfilling a great need in Irish education by giving accurate, timely and helpful advice. Not only is David highly respected in his own school, he is held in high regard in the wider education community.


Kevin Mosedale
Radley College, Abingdon

Kevin’s unashamed interest in even the most esoteric of physics problems inspires all students who come into contact with him. He is admired and respected by teachers across the school, and within physics he is valued as a team player who injects wry humour and wisdom into the department. He incorporates an eclectic range of outside interests into the classroom, from homemade instruments (the hoseophone) to enthusing students with his interest in pylons. Kevin is actively involved in all aspects of the school’s life, from giving a fascinating talk on Shakespeare's astronomical knowledge to refereeing school rugby matches.


Michael Murray
Ayr Academy, Ayrshire
Michael strongly believes that teachers should be facilitators, putting students in control of their own learning. His quirky and humorous approach makes lessons enjoyable while he strives to continually improve his own teaching by incorporating new ideas. Keen to inspire the next generation of physics teachers, Michael is a friendly and supportive mentor. He has contributed to the wider education community in a number of ways, from his work to support staff in delivering the science curriculum in local primary schools, to educating future physics teachers on the University of the West of Scotland PGDE course.

Andrew Notley

Andrew Notley
Sponne School, Towcester

Andrew is an inspiring teacher – his enthusiasm and commitment to his students is evident in the time he gives to them outside of lessons, providing additional academic support and mentorship. Keen to encourage students to study physics at university, Andrew works tirelessly to promote work placement opportunities and careers advice, including supporting students with gaining work placements in CERN. He is an integral member of a hardworking and committed department and takes great pride in developing the skills of both students and colleagues. Andrew has taken a lead role in mentoring the non-physics specialist members of the department to teach engaging and effective lessons.

Sam Skinner

Sam Skinner
The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial RC School, London

Sam is a driven and energetic physics teacher whose enthusiasm for physics is infectious. There is rarely a dull moment in his classroom and students of all abilities have been able to access not only the curriculum but also their understanding of the world of physics beyond the classroom. In his position as head of department, he has overseen and orchestrated the growth in popularity of physics at his school, with record numbers taking the subject to A-level. The department has led training courses for teachers wishing to train in a second subject as well as joined extracurricular trips to CERN and Berlin.

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