The Chat Physics Contributors

Fabio Di Salvo

Fabio Di Salvo

Fabio is the founder of Chat Physics. He is a head of Physics at a secondary state school in Surrey. He wants teachers across different schools talking more and sharing all their great ideas with each other. Fabio blogs at fabphysics.wordpress.com and tweets at @FabPhysics

Chris Baker

Chris Baker

Chris currently works in football, but was previously a physics teacher and is still interested in physics education and helping teachers. He is particularly interested in Mechanics, using Excel instead of paper, and is also a member of CogSciSci. Chris blogs at medium.com/@chrisbakerphysics and tweets @mrbakerphysics

Jinny Bell

Jinny Bell

Jinny has been a head of Physics for 6 years, and is now working in Northamptonshire. She has contributed to ResearchED Rugby 2019 and AQA's Inside Exams podcasts. Jinny tweets @missb0107

Drew Thomson

Drew Thomson

Twelve years a teacher of physics, six years a head of science and most recently in his first year as a Deputy Head Academic at St Albans High School for Girls, Drew has enjoyed teaching in both the state and independent sectors and continues to try his very best to keep hold of his physics roots. Drew tweets @mrthomson

Adam Higgins

Adam Higgins

Adam is second in science in a small all boys school in Gidea Park. He has a particular interest in teaching and learning, with a focus on finding strategies to continue to raise boys attainment. Adam tweets @iteachboys.

Nimish Lad

Nimish Lad

Vice Principal of Secondary School in Northamptonshire. Physics teacher of 14 years with a keen interest in modelling, curriculum and assessment. Nimish blogs at https://researcherteacher.home.blog and tweets @NLad84

Janina Stromfield

Janina Stromfield

Janina has always loved Biology and took a degree in Zoology at the university of Sheffield. Inspired by one of her lecturers, she worked in conservation at the World Conservation Monitoring Centre until she decided she needed to learn to teach so she could work in environmental education. Janina didn’t bank on her satisfaction coming from watching the development of teenagers! 20 years later she is now a head of Science at Sackville school, a large comprehensive school in West Sussex. Janina still enjoy teaching as much as she did during my PGCE because no two children are the same. Janina tweets @Janinascience

Neil Almond

Neil Almond

Neil graduated university in 2013 with a BA in Primary Education. He had read copious amounts on learning styles and was aware of every educational themed pyramid there was. 6 months later, after successfully gaining employment, he was asked to leave his first job as an NQT because spending his time looking at students’ learning styles and applying pyramids did little to help the students learn. After 6 years (and much reflecting and read) he now works for the Woodland Academy Trust as a Lead Teacher making research-based practices accessible for teachers across the trust to use in the classroom to improve students’ learning and is passionate about curriculum design.

Genevieve Bent

Genevieve Bent

Head of Science at a South London secondary school with a Chemistry specialism, but also an enthusiasm for teaching Physics. Founder of Young Gifted and STEM, an initiative aimed at increasing engagement of young BME students with STEM study. Genevieve's website is http://www.younggiftedandstem.co.uk and tweets @vievewright and @ygastem

Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport

Carol runs an outreach and research group at Northumbria University called NUSTEM. NUSTEM works with around 50 schools in the North East of England to broaden career aspirations and support children and young people to choose a STEM career. They also include families and teachers in their activities because children don't make decisions in isolation. Carol is also an author of textbooks and a storybook. In her spare time she relaxes by crocheting. Carol tweets @DrDav

Miss Charlie

Miss Charlie

Science teacher in non-selective Kent coastal secondaries for over 13 years including those in special measures, RI and with 'good' ratings. Interested in using cognitive science to support own teaching and that of others; recently focused on improving student vocabulary and using narratives/stories to explore subject hinterland to pique student interest. Miss Charlie tweets @mxcharlier

Sarah Dowd

Sarah Dowd

Sarah has a B.Sc.Ed from the University of Limerick in Ireland. She spent the first six years of her career in a North London Academy where she was Head of Physics. In summer 2019 Sarah made the move to teaching internationally. She is currently part of the Tutorial House section of The United Nations International School in New York City. Her favourite topics to teach are radioactivity and particle physics. She aims to promote the visibility of female, queer and non-binary scientists to her students and has previously worked with the charity Stonewall to support the integration of LGBTQ+ training for teachers in schools.

Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington

Tom Sherrington is an education consultant and author. He writes the popular blog teacherhead.com and his books include The Learning Rainforest and best-seller Rosenshine’s Principles in Action. With 30 years' experience as a physics and maths teacher and school leader, including 11 years as a Headteacher, Tom is now in demand from schools across the UK and around the world to deliver CPD for teachers and leadership teams. He works with several schools and colleges providing consultancy support on curriculum and improving the quality of teaching. He is a regular keynote speaker and contributor to conferences and education festivals.

Tobias Harris

Tobias Harris

Tobias has a BSC in Sports Science and has experience in coaching skills to both amateur and professional sportspeople. He has three years of experience as a science teacher in Greater London. Tobias has previously presented at #CogSciSci and as Boys Progress leader, interested in all things science, sport and changing the perceptions of masculinity in modern teens.

David Fairweather

David Fairweather

A Physics teacher for ten years, currently teaching Physics and Theory of Knowledge at an international school in Switzerland. Particularly interested in increasing participation and diversity in post-16 Physics.

Daniel Hobson

Daniel Hobson

I entered the profession to pass on a love of physics but had three long term aspirations. Firstly, I want students to develop a love of physics, secondly I want to increase uptake at KS5, and thirdly I want to develop Physics on a whole school level.

Jamie Mayville

Jamie Mayville

An engineering in a previous life, now a physics teacher of 10 years. Has been head of Physics and KS5 science coordinator at Sawtry Village Academy for the last 4 years. Becoming an IOP coach and STEM training facilitator in the last 2 years. Jamie tweets @jammyphysics

Ellis Broomhall

Ellis Broomhall

Head of Science. Previously a head of Physics and Future Physics Leader coach for Institute of Physcics. Physics teacher. Enjoy gardening. Love Lego. Hate mushrooms.

John Eyre

John Eyre

I have been a Physics Tutor/Teacher for the past 19 years. I am interested in Flipped Learning and developing quality resources for use in teaching Physics at GCSE and A level.

Hollie Ford

Hollie Ford

Currently a Physics teacher at a secondary academy in Nottinghamshire with an interest in evidence based teaching, curriculum and engagement with science. I also work with South Yorkshire Future to raise the profile of the profession in the region.

Joe Muise

Joe Muise

Joe has been teaching physics and astronomy for 16 years in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to teaching, he has a strong interest in Physics Pro-D, and finding experiential learning opportunities for his students. He has brought students to the Canadian Light Source to run experiments at the synchrotron, and had students competing in the ESA CanSat competition. Joe can be found on Twitter @jm_muise

David Gash

David Gash

David is Head of a Science Faculty in Liverpool and a teacher of Physics for over 13 years. He also works as part of the Extended Leadership team in his school with a focus on Feedback and Evidence-informed practice. He is fascinated by all things Astrophysics, Curriculum and Leadership and completed his Masters in Education (Leadership and Management) in 2016.

Dan Crittenden

Dan Crittenden

Dan is currently Assistant Director of Sixth Form and a Physics Teacher at a large state comprehensive school in Essex. He champions physics teaching whilst also being responsible for the extra-curricular experience of students in the Sixth Form. He has an MEd in attitudes toward physics from the University of Cambrige and was a school based physics coach for the IoP before his current role.

James Hulse

James Hulse

James graduated with an MSci in Physics from Imperial College London in 2013 and subsequently started his career in teaching. He now is a lead practitioner in physics and associate assistant headteacher in a secondary school and sixth form in South Tyneside. His interests include teaching and learning, developing trainee and newly-qualified teachers, and the use of data to support student progress. James tweets @MrHulsePhysics.

James de Winter

James de Winter

Formally a secondary school physics teacher, James now leads the secondary Physics PGCE course at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where he is studying for a doctorate on the developing professional identity of early career physics teachers. James also works with the Ogden Trust on many of their projects supporting physics teaching.