North West

Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Cumbria

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.






Energy: The New Approach

Formby High School
L37 3HW

23 February 2017
4pm - 5.30pm

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This workshop is designed to give participants a chance to review the new approach to the teaching of Energy; how it was taught to this year’s Year 10 students and prepare for next year. We’ll discuss this new approach and explore activities and materials that can be used with KS3 and KS4 students to develop a deeper understanding of this essential topic.

GCSE Physics Practicals

Bolton School Girls’ Division

9 March 2017
1pm - 4.15pm

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Practical work is vital in physics. In this session we will explore how to make the most of the required practicals to bring about effective learning and enjoyment of the subject. We will address the basics of setting up practical work and also techniques to engage all learners in the practical work.

Making Waves

Upton Hall School, FCJ
CH49 6LJ

29 March 2017
1.30pm - 3.30pm

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Teaching waves can be challenging. This session will focus on modelling with waves, with an emphasis on successful practical activities both for mechanical waves and light. Moreover, we will look at the associated GCSE required practical activity.
This session is open to all teachers of science but would appeal to teachers teaching outside their specialism and early career teachers.

Science Ambassador Training – Manchester

Manchester University – Schuster Building
M13 9PL

21 April 2017
9.30am - 3pm

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A full day of training for 8 to 10 Year 8/9 students per school with IOP experts, local mentors and STEM ambassadors.
This includes:

– Team building activities;
– Practical activities and confidence building;
– Presentation skills training;
– Group presentations and feedback;
– A set of teaching resources to use with your science ambassador group, including information on problem solving and gender stereotypes.

Your regional team

Alison Taylor

Higher Education Liaison Officer

01612 472 978

Brendan Ickringill

TLC Team Leader

0785 031 2419

Graham Perrin

TLC Deputy Team Leader

07540 203 720

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Diana Farley

07720 084 416

Darren Forbes

07525 631 496

Brendan Ickringill

07850 312 419

School-based Physics Coach and Lead School

Brendan Ickringill, Bolton School Girls' Division

Physics Network Coordinators

Gender Balance Officers

Claire Aspinall






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