Ysgol Bro Gwaun physics teacher Robert Woodman has been recognised as a "tireless innovator" and the best in Wales in the annual Institute of Physics (IOP) Teacher Awards.

Mr Woodman received his award from Dr Frances Saunders, president of IOP, at the institute's annual awards dinner in London last Wednesday. This black tie event celebrates the success of scientists, teachers and leaders of high-tech businesses.

The Teachers of Physics awards, which have been running since 1986, recognise secondary school physics teachers who have raised the state of physics and science in schools through outstanding practice in the classroom.

Mr Woodham is only the third Welsh teacher to win the coveted award since 2000. He was described in his citation as a "tireless innovator". He stood out in particular, for having developed a wide range of extracurricular activities for pupils, and for helping increase the number of pupils choosing to study physics locally.

The IOP's teacher support manager, Chris Shepherd, said: "Each award winner has an outstanding reputation within their own community, and has affected the lives of their pupils in a positive and lasting way. We are delighted to extend that recognition and honour to these exceptional physics teachers."