About Us

The Institute of Physics and the Department for Education run a support network for teachers and students. We're known as the Stimulating Physics Network.

In our Partner Schools:


The increase in students progressing to AS-level physics has happened at over double the national rate.


In 2012, 82% of students achieved grades A*-C in physics GCSE, compared with 69% nationwide.


The participation of girls in post-16 physics has doubled compared to the national average.

In our CPD workshops

Over 92% of teachers report increased confidence in physics teaching.

Over 97% of teachers report a positive impact on classroom practice.

Read our 2016 evaluation report.

What we do

We provide bespoke support for teachers of physics - at no cost to schools.

Our network includes:

Partner Schools

Our Teaching and Learning Coaches provide needs analysis, bespoke CPD for teachers and a range of student activities.

Link and Lead Schools

Our School-based Physics Coaches are empowered and supported to provide CPD for teachers in local schools.

Gender Balance

Our Gender Balance Officers work with schools to identify and address issues around gender and subject choice.

On Demand Workshops

Our Physics Network Coordinators organise innovative and inspirational CPD workshops across the UK.

Teacher Mentoring

Our Mentors provide light-touch mentoring, guidance and networking opportunities for early-career physics specialists.

Digital Communities

Our digital learning communities provide a safe space for over 20,000 teachers to network and develop practice.

A few words from our teachers.

Why we do it

We believe that all pupils have a cultural entitlement to a high-quality physics education led by a physics teacher with strong subject knowledge, a rich repertoire of teaching approaches, and confidence and enthusiasm in the subject.

Our 80-strong network consists of Gender Balance Officers, Physics Network Coordinators, School-based Physics Coaches and Teaching and Learning Coaches – all knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic specialists who are supported by the Institute of Physics' Education Department.

And as we're funded by the Department for Education, our support is free to schools and teachers.

Join us

We are actively recruiting schools for our network across England and Wales.

To find out if your school is eligible to join the Stimulating Physics Network, as a Link, Lead or Partner School, make an expression of interest.

To request a no-cost CPD workshop at your school,
contact your local Physics Network Coordinator.

Or to speak to someone in person, contact us.


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