Nurturing Talent: Creating a climate in which non-specialist teachers of physics can thrive

For this guest post, Tony Lyng, former Headteacher of Brockhill Park College, Folkestone discusses five key strategies Headteachers can implement to support non-specialist teachers Most secondary schools have to rely on non-specialists to teach physics to at least some classes in their schools. Physics is by no means a unique example of demand for specialist … Read more

How a Head of Science found physics support for non-specialist teachers

Thanks to Krysia Sosin, former Head of Science at Buxton School in London and now a trustee for Physics Partners, for this guest blog post on how she focused on developing her own department to transform physics teaching in her school. Year after year our outcomes were improving but results for biology and chemistry continued … Read more

Geogebra: Animate Mathematics

Your colleagues teaching mathematics may well be using “Geogebra”. It’s a powerful geometry based mathematical modelling software. You will be able to find some links to video that I have made to explain equations of motion using Geogebra. It is easy to set up useful animations in any element of physics you want to teach. … Read more

Online Physics Festival

Join us on 11th July for some free online CPD session for those teaching and supporting physics. Register your interest here: The workshops will support a variety of physics topics.

New Chief Executive takes up post at Physics Partners

Physics Partners is pleased to announce the appointment of Bryan Berry as the charity’s first Chief Executive. Bryan brings his wide experience in STEM education to Physics Partners, to build on the recent success of the charity. Following 13 years’ service in the Royal Air Force as an aircraft engineering technician, Bryan trained as a … Read more

Taunton schools discuss specific heat capacity

On 21 November visiting teachers from four schools in Taunton met at King’s College to perform and discuss required GCSE practical work. The teachers, from The Heathfield Community School, Taunton Academy, Wellington School and King’s College Taunton looked at the specific heat capacity of aluminium, sand and water; and the transfer of thermal energy by radiation. … Read more

Crawley hub meeting at Worth School

A Physics Partners Network meeting was hosted by Worth School on Tuesday. Nine science teachers from schools in the Crawley hub of Physics Partners attended the two-hour session, which focused on how the topic of energy is covered in the new GCSE syllabuses. The Crawley hub is collaboration between the Institute of Physics and schools … Read more

West Kent hub workshop at Sevenoaks

A workshop for some schools in the West Kent hub took place on Thursday 13 October at Sevenoaks School. Five teachers took part with the afternoon led by Steve Sharp of the Sevenoaks Physics department. Experiments included a ‘demolition ball’  to demonstrate energy transfer; a pea shooter experiment: finding the muzzle velocity of a propelled ball bearing; … Read more

Ben’s wave machine

At the recent Cornwall teacher workshop on at Truro School, we had a sharing session where each delegate could bring their best ideas or demonstrate a teaching tool. Ben Lloyd-King from Richard Lander brought along his new ‘Heath Robinson’ wave machine.  Simply constructed from wooden dowel, sandwiched between two layers of duct tape, it provided the … Read more

First workshop for the Cornwall Physics Education Partnership

The Cornwall Physics Education Partnership held its first teacher workshop on 10 October at Truro School. Delegates from eight local schools attended – Bodmin College, Camborne Science and International Academy, Falmouth School, Humphry Davy School, Penair, Richard Lander School, Truro High School and Wadebridge School. Led by Adam Laity (Head of Physics, Truro School) and … Read more