Physics Partners is a charity which is tackling the national shortage of specialist physics teachers by training those teaching physics in state secondary schools. Their activity makes a major contribution to increasing the number of students, especially girls, choosing STEM careers.
They work with GCSE physics teachers, especially those new to teaching or specialists in other subjects, by giving them the confidence to enthuse and inspire more students to study physics at A level and beyond.
Their training sessions are typically delivered in hands-on, face-to-face sessions in schools across England, especially in disadvantaged areas. Since March 2020, all training has switched to online sessions supporting over 1000 teachers.
The funding from the Commission has enabled them to create a series of short ‘how-to’ physics films for teachers. Designed to complement their training sessions and reach an even wider audience, these on-demand films help teachers overcome common physics misconceptions and provide practical tips which they can use in their lessons. The films have been well received by schools with more to come.
“These videos are absolutely fantastic. Just watched the 10 minutes on Newton's 3rd Law - totally changed the way I will deliver my lesson on this!”
Teacher comment on Physics Partners film