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Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.

EVENTS

EVENT

LOCATION

DATE

DETAILS

Space Physics

The Arnewood School
BH25 6RS

21 February 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Are you a non-physicist preparing to teach space physics at GCSE? Or are you a physics specialist wanting to gain ideas for teaching the topic in a way that is accessible to your students?

This workshop has two aims. Firstly to develop a solid understanding of the concepts taught in space physics. Then to identify key areas of difficulty for students and to share strategies for helping them to succeed in the classroom.

Topics covered will include orbital motion, stability of orbits, nuclear fusion, star lifecycles, formation of heavy elements, the Big Bang theory, dark mass and dark energy.

This workshop is suited to teachers, trainees and technicians.

There will be a free bag of IOP resources for each delegate.

Practical Strategies to Improve Gender Balance

Exeter Mathematics School
EX4 3PU

22 February 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

In association with the Institute of Physics, Exeter Mathematics School are inviting teachers and technicians to attend a series of five Stimulating Physics Network meetings. The twilight meetings are free to attend and will provide CPD updates in practical and theoretical physics for KS3-5, information sharing and network opportunities. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

Workshops on gender equity are as important now as they have ever been. While we have certainly made much progress, we have not eliminated gender inequities by far. We will look at some of the research and best practice from the Institute of Physics and how to apply this in the classroom.

Make your own particle accelerator

Lydiard Park Academy
SN5 6HN

1 March 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

During this workshop, you will make your own particle accelerator in a salad bowl.

You can take your own particle accelerator away to use in your own school. It can be used in teaching at KS3, 4 and 5.

Numeracy in Physics

Wildern School,
SO30 4EJ

6 March 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Numeracy in physics – boost your subject knowledge and receive practical tips to ensure fundamental ideas are understood.

The session will include accurate modelling of concepts, practical troubleshooting, effective use of on-line tools and will link directly to examination board requirements for immediate impact.

Facilitated by Ariane Turner, Stimulating Physics Network Link School Advisor

Free of charge and for secondary colleagues only.

Science Ambassador Day

The Edge, Bath University
BA2 7PD

12 may 2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

A full day of science ambassador training for Year 8 girls. They will develop the skills to deliver physics experiments and outreach activities after the training. Run by the IOP, groups of students are supported by IOP experts, local mentors and STEM ambassadors. The day includes:

– Hands-on experiments and practical activities;
– Presentation skills training;
– Group presentations and feedback;
– A set of teaching resources to use with your ambassador group, including information on problem solving, creativity and communication.

Each school can bring up to 10 girls. Schools are expected to run 3 pre-training sessions with the girls, and to plan outreach activities for students to be involved with afterwards.

(A school booking assumes up to 10 pupils and a staff member will attend)

Practical Physics Sessions

Exeter Mathematics School
EX4 3PU

3 may 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

In association with the Institute of Physics, Exeter Mathematics School are inviting teachers and technicians to attend a series of five Stimulating Physics Network meetings. The twilight meetings are free to attend and will provide CPD updates in practical and theoretical physics for KS3-5, information sharing and network opportunities. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

Though a practical subject at heart, some of the practical activities can seem abstract to our students. In this session Malcolm Simpson will discuss techniques to help plan and deliver interesting and effective laboratory work.

How to teach Radioactivity

Exeter Mathematics School
SN5 6HN

21 June 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

In association with the Institute of Physics, Exeter Mathematics School are inviting teachers and technicians to attend a series of five Stimulating Physics Network meetings. The twilight meetings are free to attend and will provide CPD updates in practical and theoretical physics for KS3-5, information sharing and network opportunities. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided!

Radioactivity is often a scary topic – especially to non-specialists but it shouldn’t be! In this workshop we’ll focus on common misconceptions, the required practicals and other relevant experiments to support the safe and engaging teaching of radioactivity. All activities will be within the approved CLEAPSS guidelines as suitable for schools.

Teaching Physics Outside

Lydiard Park Academy
SN5 6HN

27 June 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

It’s the summer term and no one wants to be stuck indoors on a nice day. We will be looking at some interesting ways of teaching physics KS3 and 4 outside.

Let’s hope it’s a nice day! Bring waterproofs if wet!

Stimulating Physics Network’s Oxford Summer School Year 1

Worcester College, Oxford
OX1 2HB

6 August - 9 August 2018
(Residential)

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Registrations are open for the 2018 First Year Oxford Summer School.

Our First Year programme covers core topics such as electricity, energy and forces. You’ll be exposed to a range of ideas and resources to address Physics teaching issues, including gender balance in the classroom.

This Summer School is for teachers at Stimulating Physics Network schools whose specialism is not physics. If you are new to our Summer Schools, then this is the course for you.

As we’re funded by the DfE, these courses are at no cost to you. We provide meals, accommodation – and reimburse reasonable travel costs.

At this point, the Summer School is open to teachers whose specialism is not physics from SPN partner schools ONLY . If you sign up and your school is NOT an SPN partner, your application will be rejected and you will be automatically added to our waiting list. We will contact you back in February if places become available.

All participants are expected to attend the Summer School for its whole duration.

Stimulating Physics Network’s Oxford Summer School Year 2

Worcester College, Oxford
OX1 2HB

6 August - 9 August 2018
(Residential)

Book via TalkPhysics.

EVENT FOCUS

Registrations are open for the 2018 First Year Oxford Summer School.

The second year programme builds on the foundations laid in the first year course and introduces new topics including radioactivity, momentum and electromagnetism.

This Summer School is for teachers at Stimulating Physics Network schools whose specialism is not physics. If you have already attended Year 1, then this is the course for you.

As we’re funded by the DfE, these courses are at no cost to you. We provide meals, accommodation – and reimburse reasonable travel costs.

At this point, the Summer School is open to teachers whose specialism is not physics from SPN partner schools ONLY . If you sign up and your school is NOT an SPN partner, your application will be rejected and you will be automatically added to our waiting list. We will contact you back in February if places become available.

All participants are expected to attend the Summer School for its whole duration.

St Peter's School
BH14 8UL

Request this workshop in 2017

EVENT FOCUS

Making something abstract concrete is a useful tool for those teaching physics. Cloud chambers allow students to see the paths that ionising radiation has travelled. In this workshop you get to make a take-away cloud chamber big enough for a group of people to see into. You'll also get ideas for getting the most out of your dry ice.

Con or fusing? Teaching KS3 Electricity

South Molton Community College
EX36 4LA

Request this workshop in 2017

EVENT FOCUS

Join us for another no-cost CPD session provided by the Stimulating Physics Network. This event is run by Physics Network Coordinator Alastair Cuthbertson.

Your regional team


Suzy Gray

Higher Education Liaison Officer

s.gray@soton.ac.uk

02380 592 624

Trevor Plant

TLC Team Leader

trevor.plant@iop.org

07850 311 229

Lawrence Cattermole

TLC Deputy Team Leader

lawrence.cattermole@iop.org

07850 311 905

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Neil Atkin

neil.atkin@iop.org

07540 203 722

Alessio Bernardelli

alessio.bernardelli@iop.org

07525 631 483

Colin Piper

colin.piper@iop.org

07769 755 056

Joanna Kent

joanna.kent@iop.org

07540 204 087

School-based Physics Coach and Lead School

David Richardson, Clifton College

drichardson_spc@cliftoncollege.com

Paul Britton, Truro and Penwith College

paulb@truro-penwith.ac.uk

Joe Rowing, Exeter Mathematics School

JoeRowing@exetermathematicsschool.ac.uk

Dorian Pascoe, Totnes Progressive School

dorian@top-school.co.uk

Link+ School

Catherine Bickley, Bohunt School

cbickley@bohunt.hants.sch.uk

Isabelle Parks, The Arnewood School Academy

i.parkes@arnewood.hants.sch.uk

Tracey Holmes, The Swanage School

TraceyHolmes@theswanageschool.co.uk

Emily Quinn, Davison High School

e.quinn@davison.w-sussex.sch.uk

Steven McLean, Priory School

smclean@priorysouthsea.org

Phil Balmond, Thornden School

p.balmond@thornden.hants.sch.uk

Physics Network Coordinators

Alessio Bernardelli

alessio.bernardelli@iop.org

Alastair Cuthbertson

mandacuthbertson@gmail.com

Lin Harwood

lin.home@zams.co.uk

Gender Balance Officers

Nicky Thomas

nicky.thomas@iop.org

Neil Atkin

neil.atkin@iop.org

 

 

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