.Almost one in four secondary schools in England no longer has any specialist physics teachers, a survey suggests. The report into the supply of physics teachers, published by academics at the University of Buckingham, warns of a threat to the subject's future. The government has set targets to promote the number of physics teachers in secondary schools. But the report's authors warn that half of the schools in inner London do not have specialist physics teachers.
There are a number of strategies trying to address the national shortage of physics confident teachers. Using experience gained by working on two of the more successful strategies, we have been able to support schools in developing their physics teachers.
Since 2007, Edge Hill University has been one of the approved centres offering the TDA Science Additional Specialism: Physics course. This course has successfully met the needs of dozens of non-specialist science teachers as they develop their knowledge of A level physics. Graham, our lead presenter, has been integral in the development and delivery of Edge Hill's course since it's inception.
The Stimulating Physics Network
is an intensive package of support for targeted schools trying to develop their physics courses. As one of a team of two Teaching and Learning Coaches for the network in NW England, Graham has experience of delivering departmental CPD, team teaching, joint planning and many other aspects of support that you could need.
From 2011, funding is being withdrawn from LAs for their consultancy services. To discuss a bespoke package of support for your school please contact us directly.