School Teaching Assistant Wins Prestigious Science Prize

Julian Morel (centre) receiving his prize in York.

Julian Morel (centre) receiving his prize in York.

A Five Islands School teaching assistant has been named as one of the top three science technicians in the country.

Julian Morel came third in the prestigious Gratnells Science Technician of the Year Awards, held in York earlier this month.

The judges praised his initiative in developing the school’s outdoor learning area, raising funds through organising a fete, then spending his weekends constructing the decking, tables and cold frames.

Julian plans to develop the outdoor teaching space next year with a herb garden.

He says he hated science when he was a pupil. But he’s developed a passion for it since being asked to work with the children as a teaching assistant on special science projects.

And he says he was thrilled when he learned he’d won the award, even though it was a long and tiring 400-mile drive up to York to receive it.

As well as the trophy, he received a personal cheque for £150 and £250 worth of equipment for the school.

It’s not the first time that Julian has been recognised for his teaching.

A project he developed with the students won an Eden Project award and they were finalists in the Rolls Royce Science Awards.

Julian says the recognition has really motivated him and makes all the hard work worthwhile.

Although some schools have tried to address a lack of females engaging in science and engineering, Julian says that’s not the case here in Scilly.

He says the school’s STEM club, part of the government’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programme, has been a big success, with the number of girls taking part increasing by 60%.

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