IOP Teacher Training Scholarships: What better job is there?

In 2014, Mary was awarded one of our prestigious teacher training scholarships, which provides financial and academic support during physics teacher training.

When we first met Mary, she was already working in a secondary school as a physics technician, but wanted to gain qualified teacher status. Read on to find out why she thinks there is no better job than teaching!


Mary - 2014 IOP Teacher Training Scholar
Mary – 2014 IOP Teacher Training Scholar

Which route into teacher training have you decided to take?
“I am currently taking a Physics with Mathematics teacher training course via the School Direct training route. Before starting my teacher training I was working as a physics technician in a secondary school. The school that I was working in offered School Direct teacher training, so I jumped at the chance to train to teach in such a fantastic place.”

What made you decide to train to become a physics teacher?
“If you love physics, what better job is there than one where you get to present the subject in as many creative, fun and different ways as your imagination allows? [You get to work with] people who may take what you have shown them and go on to achieve great things.”

What are you most looking forward to in your training year?
“I am most looking forward to meeting others with the same enthusiasm for physics as myself from whom I can gather and bounce ideas off.”

You were awarded an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship. How has this helped you?
“Having such a respected organisation as the IOP see the potential in me to be a great physics teacher is the biggest confidence boost I could have asked for. Financially it means I can concentrate on becoming a brilliant teacher without money worries. Plus, having an experienced mentor will be invaluable!”


Mary was one of just 150 lucky trainees in receipt of a teacher training scholarship last year, but  you could follow in her footsteps. We are fortunate enough to be able to award a further 150 scholarships to outstanding prospective teachers starting physics teacher training in September 2015.
If you are thinking about becoming a physics teacher, find out if you are eligible for a scholarship.