Latymer wins top award from Institute of Physics

Congratulations to Dr Zen Rogers and the Physics Department who received the prize for outstanding achievement in promoting the progression of girls to A-level physics at the awards ceremony at the IOP. 

Dr Zen Rogers, Head of Physics, accepted the prize 'on behalf of his department'  after being nominated by one of his colleagues; he was chosen by a panel of judges for his exceptional work and outstanding commitment to teaching. 

Zen was one of six teachers in the UK to receive a 2017 Teachers of Physics Award at the dinner on 7 November, which was also attended by top experts, researchers, academics and policy makers from across the field.

Zen’s citation for the award is as follows:

Zen is the enthusiastic head of physics at Latymer Upper School. He leads a superb team of outstandingly dedicated teachers. Between them they deliver inspirational lessons that nurture and motivate students to develop genuine intellectual curiosity and love of learning, which has made physics one of the most popular subjects at Latymer Upper.

All of the team give generously of their time, running a multitude of extra-curricular activities such as Astronomy Club, Physics Forum, Aerospace Challenge and Physics Olympiad, and trips to CERN and NASA, which make physics relevant, exciting and enjoyable.

The growth mindset and excellent examination results that these initiatives engender encourage many students to study physics-related subjects beyond A-level. He is delighted to accept this award on behalf of his department.

President of the IOP professor Dame Julia Higgins offered her congratulations to all those receiving a Teacher of Physics Award this year. "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 six outstanding teachers and with them many others, who together ensure the future of physics."

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