Inspirational Head of Physics wins top STEM teaching award

May 13, 2022

A passionate Physics teacher at Haberdashers’ Monmouth Schools, who helped colleagues and peers during the Covid-19 pandemic, has won a top regional award.
Dr Dan Jones, Head of Physics at Monmouth School for Boys, has been selected as a winner for the STEM Learning Teaching Award for Excellence in STEM Teaching – Secondary category.
Dr Jones, who has been teaching at Monmouth for the past seven years, will receive his honour at the regional awards in Cardiff on 25th May.
The teacher, who previously taught at Brynteg Comprehensive School in Bridgend, which he also attended as a pupil, has been invited to the national awards event in York in June.
Dr Jones has more than 6,000 followers on Twitter where he promotes Physics and teaching in general and is a school member of the Institute of Physics.
During the lockdowns, he helped colleagues in the teaching profession by setting up a website to share a wide range of online teaching resources, which were created by teachers for teachers. These resources have been regularly used by nearly 1,000 Physics educators across the world.
The teacher, who previously taught and conducted research at Aberystwyth University, runs the Physics section of the outstanding Monmouth Science Initiative (MSI), a sector-leading programme that takes students at local schools well beyond the A level Science curriculum.
Recent highlights have included hunting for the Higgs Boson in CERN data and studying asteroid light curves in the classroom.
He also helps run a popular Astronomy Club, based at Monmouth School for Boys, for adults and students from the local community.