A Level Physics day for teachers

This course took place on the 28th June 2013 and was a collaboration between the Stimulating Physics Network, Institute of Physics, King’s College London and the London Science Learning centre.


The Institute of Physics and the Science Learning Centres have formed a partnership to establish and run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England. This is known as the Stimulating Physics Network. The aim of the Stimulating Physics Network is to provide an inspiring, coherent and sustainable programme of lessons, activities and continuing professional development (CPD) to achieve a step change in the teaching of physics in England.

The network consists of 37 Physics Network co-ordinators and 23 Teaching and Learning Coaches – all knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic specialists who are supported by the IOP’s Education Department.

The 60-strong network provides:

global support for all secondary schools from the Physics Network Co-ordinators;

intensive support for approximately 300 selected schools (Stimulating Physics Network schools) from the Teaching and Learning Coaches.

Its work is backed up by:

a roving Teaching and Learning Ambassador;

specialist science colleges, which will provide supplementary and complementary local links;

support from universities, STEMNET and STEMNET contract holders to ensure that pupils benefit from a range of E & E activities.

In-school and regionally based activities are complemented by innovative online and community spaces, providing for:

mentoring and online learning experience for pupils;

coaching and peer-to-peer interaction for teachers.

Teacher support

All schools:

Physics Network Co-ordinator;

local, bespoke workshops;

regional meetings;

peer-to-peer links (personal and online);

community website;

IOP teaching and learning resources;

Physics Update courses;

Affiliated Schools Scheme;

Girls in the Physics Classroom.

Stimulating Physics Network schools:

personal relationship and support from a local Teaching and Learning Coach;

needs analysis;

in-school bespoke CPD for non-specialists;

local networking (personal and online);

summer schools.

Pupil support

All schools:

Schools Lecture Tour; higher-education taster days;

Physics in Perspective;

e-mentoring and Ask an Expert;

youth membership of the IOP;

enrichment and enhancement activities;

careers resources;

enterprise activities;

IOP website (www.physics.org)

Stimulating Physics Network schools:

visiting Teaching and Learning Ambassador;

lessons taught by Teaching and Learning Coaches;

enrichment and enhancement activities;

free IOP affiliation.

To find out more about each of these opportunities and to discuss how your school could become involved:

visit the education pages on the IOP website;

contact the regional External Liaison Officer in your region;


The main goals of the Stimulating Physics Network are to:

improve student perceptions of physics;

increase participation in physics A-level;

increase the number of students expressing a desire to take A-level physics;

increase the proportion of girls choosing physics A-level;

develop a better appreciation of physics careers and careers where a physics qualification is an advantage;

improve the quality of physics lessons, making them more effective, engaging and enjoyable;

increase the amount of physics-based enrichment and enhancement (E&E) activities in schools;

improve the engagement of school senior leadership teams and increase the value given to physics and subject-based CPD.


The Institute of Physics is a leading scientific society. It is a charitable organisation with a worldwide membership of more than 50,000, working together to advance physics education, research and application.

It engages with policymakers and the general public to develop awareness and understanding of the value of physics and, through IOP Publishing, are world leaders in professional scientific communications.



for the history of the IOP.


King’s College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs.



for the history of King’s College.



for information about physics at King’s



for the history of physics at King’s


Science Learning Centre London is part of the national network of Science Learning Centres, a joint initiative by the Department for Education and the Wellcome Trust.

It opened in October 2004 and for the past nine years have delivered more than 20,000 training days to science teachers and technicians at all key stages and in all subject areas. Its aim is to enthuse teachers and technicians and so introduce more active and interesting science lessons into schools and colleges.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s