Stimulating Physics Network Schools

Teacher Support

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Physics Network Co-ordinators

The core of our support for all teachers and pupils in England is provided by Physics Network Co-ordinators. These are experienced teachers or former teachers who organise innovative and inspirational workshops - at no cost to schools or participants.

To find out what's on in your area, or to request a free workshop at your school, visit our regions page.

For example:

  • Shocked and Stunned – developing confidence and skill in using the Van de Graaff generator;
  • Rockets – demonstrating how to make a compressed-air rocket launcher from plumbing parts, which fires paper rockets.
  • Dragsters – turn your compressed-air rocket launcher into a dragster launcher.
  • Lights, Cameras, Images – a workshop looking at old and new technology illustrating properties of light
    and how we see.

Find out more about the range of available workshops.

IOP Schools Affiliation

The IOP offers an affiliation scheme for schools and colleges, which currently costs £48 per annum. Affiliation helps teachers to keep up to date with IOP activities and resources, and it entitles schools and colleges to receive a number of publications, including:

  • Classroom Physics – a newsletter published four times a year, with information about events, resources and training as well as teaching tips and practical ideas focused on the 11–16 age group.
  • Physics Education – a journal containing articles about the teaching of physics, plus news, teaching tips and reviews of textbooks and software. It is published six times a year and affiliated schools can access all of the content and the online archive free of charge.
  • Physics World – a leading physics magazine published monthly, which will help you to keep in touch with developments in physics as well as providing inspiration for your students.

Affiliated institutions also benefit from:

  • discounts on IOP conferences and events such as Physics Updates and teacher meetings;
  • information about local IOP branch activities;
  • access to MyIOP – the website that provides a meeting place for the worldwide physics community;
  • posters, resources and careers material produced by the IOP and other organisations;
  • access to physicsworld.com.

Find out more about affiliation on the affiliation page of the IOP website. IOP affiliation is free for our Partner Schools.

Other IOP activities and Resources

One of the core aims of the IOP is to secure a flourishing future for physics, and to this end we support physics in all schools and colleges by:

  • supporting teacher training and professional development;
  • supporting curriculum development;
  • creating teacher networks;
  • running teacher and student events;
  • providing careers materials;
  • providing classroom resources.

Our publication The Classroom and Beyond gives an overview of our education work.

Physics Update Courses

Physics Updates are residential courses for physics teachers based at various university physics departments around the country. The lecture component of the programme updates participants on new developments in physics and physics teaching. Workshops allow teachers to try new equipment, develop their IT skills, learn new experimental techniques, try out novel investigations and engage with alternative teaching and learning strategies. There are currently three courses a year (in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms). Find out more on the Physics Updates page of the IOP website.

Teaching and Learning Resources

We are constantly producing new teaching and learning resources in a variety of media. These currently include:

  • Teaching Advanced Physics – our website that supports all post-16 physics courses.
  • Practical Physics – a website to help teachers to make experiments and demonstrations work in the classroom.
  • The Virtual Physical Laboratory – more than 180 simulations and interactive experiments for 14–19 year olds, developed with the National Physical Laboratory. Contact your regional Physics Network Coordinator to find out how to obtain a free copy.
  • Physics and Ethics Education Project – an interactive website providing up-to-date and balanced information that students can use in debating ethical issues in science.
  • Teaching Radioactivity – a range of online resources to support pupils and teachers.
  • Supporting Physics Teaching – a professional development resource provided as interactive PDFs to support the enhancement of subject knowledge and pedagogy.

Further information can be found on the teacher support page of the IOP website.

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