Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight

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.






Beechen Cliff School

13 November 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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This event if for anyone involved in teaching or supporting Physics from KS3 to KS5, including non-specialists, NQTs, PGCE students and technicians. Lewis Matheson and Dr Lawrence Cattermole, plus other speakers, will discuss this issues facing teachers today.

At this event there will be the opportunity to learn more about improving gender balance (IGB) and how you can support every student in their education.

Refreshments will be available from 4.00pm with the session starting at 4.30pm. Parking is available on site and also in Alexandra Park just next to the school. Please sign in at reception upon arrival.

Totnes Progressive School

21 November 2018
4:30 pm - 5:45 pm

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Come along to this free workshop to make the updated Mark 3 version of the popular IOP compressed air rocket launcher – capable of firing paper rockets (strictly speaking, projectiles) to impressive heights! We will also be testing our rocket launchers and looking at how you can use them for a wide range of demonstrations and investigations with your students. These rocket launchers can be used with students from KS2 and above and are great for investigating a range of topics that feature in the physics curriculum across KS2 to KS5. There are also some great free computer simulations that can be used alongside the practical activities to help develop students’ understanding of some tricky concepts – including projectile motion and the equations of motion!

The rocket launchers are constructed from plumbing components and are yours to keep, with all parts provided free of charge thanks to IOP funding (not bicycle pumps; you will need one of those back in school). Note: you may find it helpful to bring your technician or another teacher with you, to help with the construction – but this is not essential!

This free CPD workshop is open to teachers of KS3, 4 & 5 and to science technicians too and is is the first of three SPN network events that Totnes Progressive School will be running this year in association with the Institute of Physics. This session will be led by Dorian Pascoe (Physics coach, SPN/IOP) & Alastair Cuthbertson (Physics Network Coordinator for Devon & Cornwall, IOP). Refreshments available from 4:15!

St Peter’s RC High School

22 November 2018
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Stimulated Physics Network CPD evening on various ways of teaching radiation.

Come and meet other teachers to learn and share ideas about how to teach radiation at KS4 ad KS5.

Whether you are a Physics Specialist or want to learn more about the subject, everyone is welcome.

Yang Science Centre
OX14 1DE

3 December 2018
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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An SPN meeting for teachers interested in discussing and exchanging ideas on common misconceptions encountered in teaching Physics up to GCSE level. Suitable for specialists and non-specialists alike. Contributions to the programme are welcome.

Con or fusing? Teaching KS3 Electricity

South Molton Community College
EX36 4LA

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Join us for another no-cost CPD session provided by the Stimulating Physics Network. This event is run by Physics Network Coordinator Alastair Cuthbertson.

Your regional team

Suzy Gray

Higher Education Liaison Officer

02380 592 624

Trevor Plant

TLC Team Leader

07850 311 229

Lawrence Cattermole

TLC Deputy Team Leader

07850 311 905

Teaching and Learning Coaches (IOP)

Neil Atkin

07540 203 722

Alessio Bernardelli

07525 631 483

Colin Piper

07769 755 056

Joanna Kent

07540 204 087

School-based Physics Coach and Lead School

David Richardson, Clifton College

Paul Britton, Truro and Penwith College

Joe Rowing, Exeter Mathematics School

Dorian Pascoe, Totnes Progressive School

Jeremy Thomas, Abingdon School

Lewis Matheson, Beechen Cliff School

Maurice Quinlan, Devonport Boys School

John Barrett, Malmesbury School

Dr Isabelle Parkes, CPhys, The Arnewood School

Jem Freeman, West Buckland School

Nicola Loaring, Woodroffe School

Shane Clark, Cheney School

Link+ School

Catherine Bickley, Bohunt School

Isabelle Parks, The Arnewood School Academy

Tracey Holmes, The Swanage School

Emily Quinn, Davison High School

Steven McLean, Priory School

Phil Balmond, Thornden School

Sian Jones, Avon Teaching School

Daf Keyse, King Alfred School

Physics Network Coordinators

Alessio Bernardelli

Alastair Cuthbertson

Lin Harwood

Cerian Angharad

Gender Balance Officers

Neil Atkin




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