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Newport Teacher Wins Institute of Physics Award for Outstanding Teaching


Physics teacher Cerys Corbett from St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport, has been recognised for her exceptional work by the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Cerys is one of seven teachers in the UK to receive a 2018 Teachers of Physics Award from the IOP for her exceptional work teaching physics.

Cerys’ citation for the award describes her as;

“an excellent role model, developing girls’ interest in physics and promoting STEM subjects. For the last seven years she has devoted many hours to running the Engineering Education Scheme Wales project for post-16 students. She encapsulates the notion of physics for all.

“Cerys creates a friendly learning environment in which students are both supported and challenged. As a non-physics specialist, she is driven by her desire to benefit and motivate her students, and strives to improve her own subject knowledge and pedagogy. Her lessons challenge and inspire her students and have led to significant improvements in the department’s GCSE results.”

Cerys will receive her award along with a cheque for £300 at the Institute of Physics Awards dinner taking place on 20 November, which will also be attended by top researchers, academics and policy makers from across physics.

President of the IOP Professor Dame Julia Higgins offered her congratulations to all those receiving a Teacher of Physics award this year. She said:

“Teachers are an absolutely essential part of the physics community. Their enthusiasm, talent and commitment is what inspires the generations to come.

“We are delighted therefore to celebrate the talent and hard work of seven outstanding teachers and with them many others – who together ensure the future of physics.”