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Prestigious Institute of Physics Teaching Award for UTC Reading teacher, Georgios Aronis ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Georgios from UTC Reading has been awarded a 2019 Teaching of Physics Award from the Institute of Physics (IOP) for inspirational physics teaching.

The IOP Teaching of Physics Awards celebrate outstanding classroom practice in the teaching of physics, and recognise the success of secondary school teachers in the UK and Ireland who, by their dedication and excellence in the classroom, have raised the state of physics teaching in their school.

Understanding and enjoying science can lead to a rewarding career, improved analytical thinking skills, a life-long interest, or all of these. An inspiring teacher can be crucial to encouraging this.

Georgios is a passionate physics teacher and always goes the extra mile in supporting his pupils to strive for success. Determined to inspire future physics teachers, Georgios is an encouraging and motivating mentor. He has been involved with supporting several new physics teachers, including his PGCE students, in the school’s annual physics practical enrichment week. Georgios’ personality allows him to form great relationships with students, which has helped contribute to the increase in numbers of both GCSE and A-level physics each year. This has led to fantastic outcomes for students, with many going onto physics degrees and high-level STEM apprenticeships.

Without dedicated physics teachers there would be no physics, mechanical engineering or astronomy undergraduates. We would have far less physics-based research and industry, and the world would not benefit from the contributions made by physicists to the continually expanding knowledge of the world in which we live. Physics and physicists have a vital role to play in solving some of the 21st century’s biggest challenges, such as climate change, supporting an ageing population and ensuring consistent food and energy supplies.

The IOP is the UK and Ireland’s professional body for physicists. Its members come from across the physics community, including academia, research, industry, and education. Committed to working with teachers of physics at all levels and across the schools landscape, the IOP has a strong track record of supporting school physics education: from its scholarship programme for new applicants, to its comprehensive programme of face-to-face ongoing professional development, and online teacher support through the IOPSpark website.

Chris Shepherd, Teacher Support Manager at the IOP, said:

"Every year, I am delighted to be able to recognise and applaud these colleagues who, through personal commitment, skill and dedication, have made significant positive differences to the teaching of physics, student experience and level of student achievement in their school. On behalf of the Institute of Physics, I warmly congratulate them and thank them for going the extra mile for their students, their school and their subject."

Georgios receives a prize of £1,000, a paperweight award and a certificate which will be presented at the prestigious Institute of Physics annual awards dinner in November.

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