Before becoming a physics teacher, Ben taught English as a foreign language in Berlin: his interest in scientific language teaching stems from this. He taught secondary physics for 18 years, in Ghana (with VSO), London and Norfolk. In Norfolk he joined the senior leadership team as director of teaching and learning.
In 2013, Ben moved to primary school teaching, where he developed his interest in teaching reading and writing and how children learn to solve problems in maths. In 2018, he published The Big Ideas of Physics and How to Teach Them.
Ben currently leads on pedagogy, curriculum and assessment at Paradigm Trust. He is a member of the Institute of Physics where he is a member of the education committee. Ben blogs regularly at readingforlearning.org.
Assess your students early and effectively to get an accurate picture of their prior knowledge