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A Passion for Physics



In our 1000th programme, we meet Andy Smith of Woodchurch High School in the Wirral, whose infectious passion for physics inspires all he teaches.

Andy's passion for physics is infectious; his teaching style relies on a host of interactive strategies, practical demonstrations, quizzes, videos, games and role play.

He teaches students with a wide range of abilities, from the gifted and talented to those with physical, emotional or mental difficulties.

Yet all pupils consistently perform above expectation. Last year more than 70 per cent of Andy's GCSE pupils attained A* or A grades. More than half went on to study physics at A-level.

As one colleague commented, "Lessons with Andy are a fascinating adventure for pupils, and the quality of his teaching, his enthusiasm, energy and dedication is outstanding.

"He does a fantastic job of motivating all his pupils with the wonder of science."

It comes as no surprise then that Andy was named North-West Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2005.

See the resources and support materials page for Andy's top teaching tips, instructions and ideas for practical physics experiments and links related to the programme.

Please note, Teachers TV cannot confirm that the practical demonstrations shown in this video meet current Health & Safety guidelines.

Published : Apr 2006

15 mins




Secondary Teacher


Secondary Science



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