Mr Banks achieved the award after his experience teaching at The Purcell School over the past seven years and, during this time, his contribution to the chemical education community.
He is an Editorial Board Member and writes regularly for the Royal Society of Chemistry magazine, Education in Chemistry. He has created a number of products for the Royal Society of Chemistry's Learn Chemistry team, helping train teachers and support pupils of chemistry across the world. His Chemistry teaching website, www.chemstuff.co.uk, receives nearly half a million visitors a year. Within the school he was responsible for this year's enormous Science Week programme of activities along with his responsibilities as Assistant Houseparent in Avison.