Anna Holbrook

Personal statement

Anna’s primary responsibility is as the Course Leader for Physics on the secondary science PGCE. This involves guiding students through their teacher training, from updating science subject knowledge, teaching pedagogy, working with school mentors both inside and out of school and interviewing for next year’s cohort.

The Physics Enhancement Course (PEC) is a secondary responsibility for Anna (when the course runs). In this programme, students without a degree in physics are trained over 20 weeks to become confident in teaching physics at KS3, 4 and 5. These students then feed into the Physics PGCE.

In addition to these roles, more recently, Anna’s responsibilities and interests include studying for her Masters, after completion of the CPLHE she has gained 60 credits and for the remainder of the credits she is looking at increasing her knowledge and understanding of how to complete research.

Anna is currently part of a research project entitled ‘So you can do physics, can you teach it’, which looks to compare the characteristics of trainee teachers on the PGCE/in their NQT year who have followed the PEC pathway with those who have been awarded the scholarship from the Institute of Physics.

Academic qualifications

  • BSc, Physics with Medical Physics
  • PGCE, Secondary Science, specialising in Physics

Professional memberships

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy

Areas of expertise

  • Physics
  • Differentiation
  • Key stage three and stage four science
  • Key stage five physics
  • Secondary school

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