Monika Patel joined East London Science School in September and is now the Head of Physics. She studied a Masters in Physics at the University of Exeter and is currently working towards a Masters in Educational Leadership from The University of Bristol. Before starting at ELSS, she trained through the Teach First scheme and was working as a science teacher in Somerset, developing the Physics curriculum at her previous school.

When asked about her vision for the subject, Ms. Patel says, “I want to create a rigorous knowledge-based curriculum which starts at year 7 and gives pupil a solid grounding to move on to more complex and exciting – yet challenging – areas of physics by the time they reach year 11. I want to use physics to train pupils to become independent problem-solvers and inspire our students to hopefully pursue a career in the sciences once they leave us.”