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A welcome power boost for physics teachers

There is a fantastic amount of support out there for new or non-specialist teachers of physics. This is just as well since specialist physics teachers are a rare breed and cannot mentor all the non-specialists teaching in their schools.  It seems that despite the multitude of resources available from such august organisations as the Institute … Read more

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: https://physicspartners.com/online-physics-festival The workshops will support a variety of physics topics.

Girls into STEM day at Bedford Girls School

The UK remains one of the worst regions in Europe when it comes to encouraging women into STEM roles. Currently, only 22% of UK STEM roles are held by women and only 11% of the engineering workforce are women. At less than 10%, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. We need to find … Read more

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

Kent Regional Physics Day

Free training day It’s well known that schools can struggle to find specialist Physics teachers – not just in Kent but across the UK and even beyond – and that teachers of other science disciplines have to take up the slack. So it’s great to be able to report not just one but two good … Read more

AQA GCSE INSET 2: Dynamics and force at Richard Lander School

Following on from the successful launch at Truro School, the Cornwall Physics Education Partnership, supported by The Ogden Trust, held its second teacher workshop on 5 December at Richard Lander School, Truro. Delegates from five local schools attended: Camborne Science and International Academy, Falmouth School, Richard Lander School, Truro School and Wadebridge School. Led by … 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