David Perks
founder and principal, East London Science School; director, the Physics Factory

David is the founder and principal of the East London Science School, which opened in September 2013. Now entering its third year, the school aims to give all pupils a rigorous academic education irrespective of their background or ability. David has campaigned for the teaching of physics, chemistry and biology for all pupils as separate disciplines and authored the lead essay in What is science education for? published by the Institute of Ideas in 2006. David has contributed to the development of the new science National Curriculum and is a leading member of the Knowledge Network a group of forward thinking schools pushing for knowledge-led curriculum reform.

He is also a director of the Physics Factory, a charity working to enhance the delivery of physics in London’s schools.

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