News: Science department led by Churchill Fellow nominated for top education award
Published: 2 May 2019
Churchill Fellow James Perkins and his team in the science faculty at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School have been nominated for a prize in the prestigious Tes school awards 2019. They have been included in the shortlist for the Science, Technology and Engineering Teacher or Team of the Year award. The winner will be announced at a ceremony in London on 21 June 2019.
The nomination is in recognition of improvements in progress and outcomes for students and the wider school community at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar in Kent. James, who is head of the faculty, said:
“When I heard the news about our nomination, I was just about to take some Year 10 students to Belgium on a science research project involving weather balloon experiments. I was completely blown away. I am delighted, as it is public recognition for an enthusiastic, hard-working team of professionals who dedicate time and energy to provide an experience well above and beyond just teaching the syllabus.”
Below: James, bottom row, far right, with the Science faculty at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
For his Fellowship, James travelled to the USA in 2016 and Germany in 2017 to investigate science research programmes based within secondary schools. He cites his Fellowship as a catalyst for much of the work that has been recognised by the Tes award nomination. He said:
“The Fellowship has been integral in a number of ways, not least by enabling me to establish a wide and varied network of international educators and scientists, many of whom have contributed in some way to our faculty. We now have active research collaborations with schools in Pennsylvania and Munich. Credit should be given to David Anderson, our headmaster, who understands the value of research in education and has given the faculty the space and resources to try out some of the ideas and strategies I learnt about during my travels.”
James’ Fellowship is supported by The Mercers' Company.