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I live in Wales with my partner Sandra and our two sons, Jacob and James. I’m from Shropshire originally. I’m a physics teacher and work for the Institute of Physics. Currently I’m the editor of the journal Physics Education: http://iopscience.iop.org/0031-9120/, I’m also the National Manager for the IOP Teacher Network: http://www.iop.org/education/teacher/support/network/.

Initial training
BA with the Open University in physics and computing, PGCE at Cambridge University, MPhil at Aberystwyth University (research, designing and building a furnace for an ellipsometer)

Career
I worked for 4 years as a lab technician in the physics and computing departments at Wrekin College in Wellington, Shropshire studying with the OU in my spare time. After completing my PGCE under Brenda Jennison at Cambridge and doing my school based experience at Hinchingbrooke and Van Dyke schools I lectured in IT at a tertiary college. That wasn’t as much fun as physics so I moved across to Norwich in my quest for a full time physics teaching job and taught at Hellesdon High School and then moved to Brecon High School in Powys, Wales. There then followed a year at King’s School in Worcester and then I went on to be the HoD at the John Beddoes School in Presteigne in Powys. Around this time I joined the Editorial Board of Physics Education. After three years I moved on to Christ College in Brecon and started as one of the pilot Teacher Network Coordinators as I’d been organising meetings of Powys physics teachers for some time. Shortly afterwards my current post was advertised and I was lucky enough to be given the chance to try and make a difference on a larger scale…and I’m still trying!

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