IOP Teacher Training Scholarships 2014: Meet Charlotte….

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarships programme returns for 2014 with even more opportunity for the very best people to train to teach physics. The shortage of physics teachers in England is still prevalent, so the scholarships have been topped up this year to help attract even more potential physics teachers into the classroom.

We’ll be awarding 150 scholarships at £25,000 to successful candidates who are committed to doing teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. What’s more, successful candidates will also receive IOP membership and SPS mentoring from a physics specialist.

So far, the scholarships programme has helped around 200 people from a variety of backgrounds train to teach physics. Over the next few months we’ll be catching up with some of our scholarship winners to find out how they’re getting on and ask them why they’ve chosen to teach physics.

Firstly we meet Charlotte, who was awarded a scholarship in 2013. Charlotte has chosen the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) route, which enables her to gain experience from a group of neighbouring schools and achieve a PGCE at the end of her training.

Charlotte told us, “I studied physics at university and I’ve chosen to train to become a physics teacher because I enjoy working with young people and spreading my enthusiasm for science. I’m most looking forward to being in the classroom and becoming a better teacher during my training year.

“Being awarded a scholarship from the IOP has allowed me to meet other physics teacher trainees in my region. Having an IOP mentor is also great, for the extra support and for advice on teaching physics.”

If you want to follow in Charlotte’s footsteps you will need a passion for physics and excellent subject knowledge. Take a look at our criteria to see if you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. There will be a series of application deadlines throughout the year but we expect demand to be high so you are advised to apply as early as possible.

Even if you are not successful in securing a scholarship, you could still be entitled to a training bursary of up to £20,000, so don’t give up! Information about bursaries and funding for physics teacher training can be found on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.