Last month we introduced you to Charlotte, a current trainee teacher and IOP Scholar. Charlotte kicked off the IOP Teacher Training Scholarships programme for 2014, which awards £25,000 to exceptional people committed to physics teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year.
This month we meet Richard; a current trainee physics teacher and recipient of an IOP Scholarship in 2013. Richard’s teacher training commenced in September so he’s almost completed his first full term of teacher training.
“I was a bit of a problem student at school, resulting in low attendance and a lack of motivation. When I started my A-levels though, I came across a very inspirational teacher who gave me a passion to study and a passion for physics. This teacher changed me from a reluctant student into an interested scientist, and gave me a drive which enabled me to succeed in my studies.
“I’m now enrolled on the School Direct teacher training route which gives me hands on experience in school. I knew when I applied to teacher training that this would potentially be the hardest part of the course, but the challenge of diving straight in was the draw of School Direct for me.
“Being granted an IOP scholarship has enabled me to join a network of experienced physics teachers and trainee teachers, who are able to provide a support network in an environment which is separate from my school and university. This support is epitomised in my IOP mentor; a subject specialist whom I can bounce ideas off.”
If you’re inspired by Richard’s story and want to get into teaching, there are several university and school-based training routes you could take. Start doing some research to find out which route best suits your needs or use the tool on the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s website.
The new UCAS Teacher Training application system opened on 21 November so now is the ideal time to apply for training. There are even Government bursaries of up to £20,000 available for your training year if you are not fortunate enough to receive a £25,000 IOP Teacher Training Scholarship. Who knows, this time next year we could be featuring you in this spot!