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Dr. Phil Brown

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  • Birthday 10/06/1945

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    Castleton, North Yorkshire, England
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    Walking, archaeology, chemistry and educational computing.<br><br>After leaving school at 16 I worked in the analytical laboratories of Ward Blenkinsop, manufacturer of fine chemicals for the pharmaceutical industry. At the same time I studied for the ONC in chemistry via day release and night school at Widnes Technical College (now Halton College) in South Lancashire near Merseyside. <br><br>Also at 'Widnes Technical College', I was a student on the first HND sandwich chemistry course in the country. It was the best chemical education I ever received with work placements at Berk Ltd, Essex (flame retardant development for plastics), Distillers Products, Speke, Liverpool (analytical analysis) and ICI Research, Runcorn (herbicide synthesis). I'd love to meet again any of my lecturers from that time, I wonder where they are? are they alive!? <br><br>I completed by GRIC chemistry degree at the Harris College Preston (now University of South Lancashire?) and had a great life at Liverpool University doing a PhD in the "Pyrolysis and Combustion of Polymers" followed by the PGCE teacher training course at St Katherine's College, Liverpool. <br><br>I am a highly experienced Science teacher of GCSE Chemistry and associated Earth Science, GCSE Physics and Advanced Level Chemistry. I started teaching at Shadsworth Comprehensive School, Blackburn, in April 1975 and first encountered those dedicated people who keep the education business progressing as well as ticking over. <br><br>I moved to Whitby in January 1978 where I am at present, and for the last 20 years, Head of Chemistry at Whitby Community College which is a 14-18 'comprehensive' school serving the seaside town of Whitby in North-East England. By the very nature of the teaching job, it will have its ups and downs but working at Whitby has proved overall a most satisfactory 25 years of professional life and I've never really yearned to leave Whitby and the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors. <br><br>I've been blessed to work with many dedicated and highly competent colleagues over the years in a college that continues to develop to serve the needs of the town of Whitby. The College has now achieved 'technology college' status and the first electronic blackboards have arrived in science and so hopefully, I will contribute to some 'screen' resources! <br><br>The Salters Advanced AS/A2 Chemistry course was started in 1998 by myself and Dr Sue Morgan (a prior Salters enthusiast) and we both regard the course very highly. The course has a thoroughly up to date approach to teaching chemistry and its modern applications. The course is quite demanding on both students, and teachers! but its a great course and well worthwhile doing. <br><br>Most of the courses and training I have undertaken in the last few years have been directed towards Salters AS/A2 level chemistry and ICT. I've was awarded the UK threshold 'bonus' for teaching quality, the following upper spine 2 point and recruitment point 2 as a bonus at the end! <br><br>I do not feel particularly old fashioned in my approach to teaching ie use of ICT and the 'Salters' approach to AS/A2 Level chemistry. I worked on the school intranet and my 'embryonic' but growing BT chemistry internet website called "Doc Brown's Chemistry Clinic" . There are extensive notes and quizzes for KS3 and GCSE Chemistry. The AS/A2 side of the website awaits major development but the organic chemistry naming and structure sections have been highly praised by the Salters team based in York University and represents a tiny fraction of what I can accomplish through this medium in the long-term. <br><br>Although I'm now retired (with a little 'r') from from contractual employment Whitby Community College, I have no regrets at all about being a teacher, and cannot think of a more worthwhile job in society. <br><br>Judging from the response to my website work, I'd better keep going on it and putting new wine in old bottles!!! and its an appropriate contemporary medium to put 40 years of learning and teaching chemistry experience!!! Over 300 other websites link to "Doc Brown's Chemistry Clinic" and there is much work to do particularly on the Advanced Level AS-A2 (US grades 11-12) <br><br>As well as working on the website, I now do science supply teaching cover for Whitby Community College and private tuition.
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