When I first started at my school, I was the only physics teacher, and this meant I had no one to bounce ideas off. The Early Career Teacher Development programme enabled me to meet fellow teachers and leading practitioners of physics. The events allowed me to not only develop connections, they have also enabled me to develop subject knowledge aimed at promoting better progress within the classroom.
Having access to a physics mentor has been greatly beneficial as it has allowed me to evaluate my approach to certain topics but also to get advice on how to adapt lessons to suit all children.
The programme has allowed me to experience a couple of ‘magic’ moments already in the classroom. The first was the forces dance mat aimed at allowing students to think about resolving forces; the other was creating a new model for the alpha scattering experiment which involved a hula hoop, marble and a nerf gun.
Another benefit of the programme is gaining extra time to reflect on your teaching practice. The programme provides half a day off timetable and this has allowed me to trial new practical activities, develop better assessment but more importantly allowed me to develop myself. The professional CPD undertaken in these hours has developed me as a teacher and allowed me to pass on these ideas to the department. Consequently, physics teaching can become stronger across the whole school.
Teacher of physics, Skegness Grammar School
Early Career Teacher Fellow (2019/20)
Daniel pictured left at the Early Career Teacher Development Conference, 2019.