The Institute of Physics and the Science Learning Centres have formed a partnership to run a support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England. This is known as the Stimulating Physics Network. The objectives of the Stimulating Physics Network are to improve the quality of pupils’ experience of physics and to reinvigorate a culture of physics in the whole school.
The 70 strong network consists of 35 Physics Network Coordinators and 35 Teaching and Learning Coaches – all knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic specialists who are supported by the IOP’s Education Department.
Approximately 350 selected schools (Stimulating Physics Network Partner schools) are supported by the Teaching and Learning Coaches in a more intensive relationship.
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Stimulating Physics Network schools
Physics Network Coordinators offer support to all secondary schools, including:
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To find out more about each of these opportunities and to discuss how your school could become involved:
- visit our education pages on the IOP website;
- contact the regional External Liaison Officer in your region;
- contact us.
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.