IOP Teacher Training Scholarships 2014: Meet Nicolas…

Over the last few months we have introduced you to some of our 2013 Teacher Training Scholars and given you an insight into the many reasons why they are training to teach physics. All of our Scholars have demonstrated a genuine passion for physics and a real commitment to the teaching profession; just the qualities they need to become exceptional teachers.

This month we’d like to introduce you to Nicolas, who is training to teach physics through a university-based PGCE course. Interestingly, Nicolas’s decision to teach was built upon the experiences his brothers had whilst learning physics at school. Here he tells us his story.

Nicolas, 2013 IOP Teacher Training Scholar
Nicolas, 2013 IOP Teacher Training Scholar

“I really enjoy physics, and I have always wanted to teach it. Before applying for an IOP Scholarship I was working at a particle accelerator, analysing collision data. I was also doing some private tutoring.

However, when my younger brothers told me they found school physics boring, I realised that secondary education was the vital phase where a good physics teacher can make the most difference.

Knowing I have the IOP behind me in my studies gives me great peace of mind. They offer so much support and advice for students, teachers and schools. I am looking forward to sharing my knowledge with pupils, and getting them excited and engaged with physics!”


We recently bumped into Nicolas at a teacher recruitment fair, where he’d given up his Saturday to talk to prospective trainee teachers about his own training experiences. This goes to show that a career in teaching does extend beyond the classroom. There are plenty of extra-curricular activities you can get involved with in schools, such as running a sports club or establishing an astronomy group. Or, like Nicolas, you could even help your school with their own physics teacher recruitment!

If you share the same commitment and enthusiasm for teaching physics as Nicolas, find out if you could be one of our next teacher training Scholars.