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Roger Brown, physics teacher

Roger Brown, career changer 

After gaining a 2:1 degree in engineering, Roger initially enjoyed a varied career, as an account manager, freelance cartoonist, and even an Olympic athlete before deciding to teach physics.

Becoming a dad was the turning point for his decision to work with young people: “I realised I was enjoying my afternoon helping out at my daughter’s school more than my job. I also had the gradual realisation how rewarding it is to help others rather than focus on personal gain,” says Roger.

Roger chose a school-led teacher training programme. It gave him practical training from the outset in an outstanding school – learning the theory of teaching pedagogy from experienced classroom teachers from day one. “This teacher training route has a strong emphasis on classroom experience as a way of evaluating the more theoretical learning. This training option prepared me well as a teacher.”

Roger’s engineering degree also provided a natural transition to teaching physics, a subject he regards highly for its clarity and process: “I especially value the way science – especially physics – teaches a clear thought process and a way to make rational sense of the world.”

In addition, Roger finds that teaching physics provides lots of ‘light-bulb’ moments: “I’ve had too many light-bulb moments to mention,” he says. “When I spot the exact barrier stopping a child from learning, I always make sure to think of an analogy to help them through it. With key stage 3 pupils this often involves drama – either getting the children to act out a concept, or sometimes telling them a relevant story. With key stage 4 the breakthroughs are sometimes when you link learning to popular culture.”  

When you train to teach physics, you can benefit from a £26,000 tax-free bursary. This additional support proved invaluable when Roger decided to retrain: “Bursaries provided a useful income during my teacher training; providing me and my family a layer of security throughout the year.”

On top of the financial incentives, a career in physics offers the job satisfaction of giving all young people the chance to conquer a subject that’s a gateway subject to other careers and employment. 

Many people successfully retrain as teachers every year, and applying for teacher training may be easier than you think. Register with us for tailored advice and assistance in beginning your new career.

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