Dr Kathy Gibson

Belfast High School

Ogden Teacher Fellow

Kathy is the Head of Science and Head of Physics at Belfast High School in County Antrim. Throughout her teaching career, Kathy has maintained her love of science and seeks to enthuse pupils while enabling them to see the relevance of science in their lives no matter what they intend to pursue as a career.

Working with The Ogden Trust has given Kathy the opportunity to promote physics in local primary schools. With guidance from Kathy, AS physics students at Belfast High School run weekly science clubs in local primary schools. The sixth year students plan their experiments (although some have to be censored due to safety issues) and also keep a log of the activities.

The primary school pupils and their teachers have given very positive feedback – in the case of the pupils, quotes include “wow”, “awesome” and “I didn’t know what science was until I joined the Science Club.”  The students who run the Science Clubs gain confidence in their own abilities as young scientists and in their communication skills giving them a head-start in their future careers.

Another aspect of Kathy’s Teacher Fellowship is running CPD for primary school teachers. Many primary school teachers lack confidence in their teaching of physics topics and Kathy aims to show them that physics is not scary and can be really good fun.

Kathy has been awarded Chartered Science Teacher Status (CSciTeach) and is a member of the Institute of Physics Education Forum.