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Our workshops are run at no cost to schools or participants. You can also contact your local Physics Network Coordinator to request a workshop on a topic of your choice, or to host a regional session.






2018 IOP Big Day Out at Cosford

RAF Cosford Museum (Cold War Hanger)
TF11 8UP

25 June 2018
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

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This year our Big Day Out incorporates celebrating 100 years of the RAF. Lunch and refreshments are also provided making the entire event free to attend paid for by the Institute of Physics. This event is for anyone teaching physics to secondary school pupils and/or sixth form students, technicians also sometimes come along.

A full day of free physics CPD from the Stimulating Physics Network and the IOP Teacher Network. Teachers, trainees and technicians are all welcome, whether you are a physics specialist or not.

Radioactivity with Confidence

Brooke Weston Teaching School
NN18 8LA

25 June 2018
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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This workshop is designed for those teachers or technicians who are unfamiliar with or would like to increase their confidence with teaching about Radioactivity. This workshop will explore:

• How dangerous is radioactivity?
• Three types of radioactivity
• Detectors – gm tubes / spark counters
• Safety and storage
• Uses
• Cloud chambers – including a make and take
• Half life – measurement and simulations

Inspiring Teachers (A collaborative event by IOP and RSC)

UCL Institute of Education

4 July 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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A unique offering for teachers of science from the East and South East region’s schools and colleges that brings together key stakeholders in education to provide cross discipline relevant and accessible information, support and ideas that can be implemented in the classroom to deliver more engaging and inspiring lessons.

Based around the theme of practical science, the sessions will be CPD focused with content delivered by specialists. The scope includes, but is not limited to numeracy and literacy in science, practical techniques in the in the classroom, equality and diversity in secondary education and science as a career path.

Teach KS3/4 Physics with Confidence – Energy

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy

5 July 2018
9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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A FREE training day for non-specialist KS3/4 Physics teachers.

This FREE Physics CPD day will improve your knowledge and confidence in teaching Physics as a non-specialist teacher. It includes a range of practical strategies and demos’ which you can immediately take back to your classroom and share with your colleagues, based on the theme of Magnetism including: permanent and induced magnetism, the motor effect and electromagnetic induction.

In addition to the two practical sessions, the day includes a Maths for Physics session. Giving you the knowledge and experience to know when and how the maths, that students need to be successful physicists, is taught.

In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to practise what you have learnt in the morning and work on ideas to take back to your school.

The 12th Annual East Midlands Network day

Sir Jonathan North CC

29 September 2018
9:30 am - 3:20 pm

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You are invited to the annual Stimulating Physics East Midlands Network Day conference at Sir Jonathan North Community College, Leicester LE2 6FU on Saturday 29th September 2015 from 09.30am – 3.20pm. The whole day (including lunch and refreshments) will be FREE OF CHARGE to all those who attend, thanks to support from the Institute of Physics and Sir Jonathan North CC.

The conference features a keynote lecture ‘Bees and Physics’ by Dr Martin Bencsik of Nottingham Trent University. You also have the opportunity to choose from a busy programme of workshops, exploring ideas to use in your labs and classrooms for age 11 onwards, along with novel resources, cutting edge applications of Physics, and hands-on practicals. These will be run by IOP Physics Network Coordinators, SPN Teaching and Learning Coaches and other experienced presenters; the programme and workshop details are below.

All teachers of physics are welcome – including experienced teachers, those new to physics teaching, NQTs, technicians and trainees

Delegates will have the opportunity to attend 3 of the workshops on offer. Please select your preferred options when booking.

Technicians Workshop

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

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Come along to another CPD session organised by the Stimulating Physics Network, and delivered by Physics Network Coordinator Tom Dawson.

Using Toys to Teach Physics

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

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This workshop demonstrates the physics behind everyday toys, from simple demonstrations to useful investigations. But really it just lets out the inner child in each of us!

Newport Girls' High School
TF10 7HL

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The Datamouse project was started by the paper Stopwatch which was published in Physics Education in March 2009, and provides low-cost training by Alessio Ganci and Salvatore Ganci. This was such a brilliant and simple idea that the Institute of Physics Teacher Network decided to put together a workshop showing other teachers how to make inexpensive computer mice into timing gates.
If you've never soldered before here's a chance to learn.

Your regional team

Judith Webb

Higher Education Liaison Officer


07754 308 514

Richard Ager

TLC Team Leader


07850 311 908

Suzanne Woolhouse

TLC Deputy Team Leader


07525 631 495

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Ian Horsewell


07917 351 360

Peter Tiktin


07720 497 819

School-based Physics Coaches and Lead Schools

Dan Cottle, King Edward VI Five Ways School


Greg Richards, Ashby School


Abigail Bell, Sir Christopher Hatton School


Susan Mighall, Rugby High School


Kelly Hancock, George Spencer Academy


Mathew Taunton, Sir Jonathan North


Link+ Schools 

Giles Ennis, The Priory Academy LSST


Spencer Lawrence, Toot Hill School


Physics Network Coordinators

Richard Bonella


Helen Pollard


Gender Balance Officers

Nicky Thomas


Rebecca Peacock


Sarah Cosgriff



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