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We work to promote, develop and support excellent physics teaching through networks, CPD events and proven resources. We also lead on various education research projects.

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Supporting schools and colleges during COVID-19

This is a really challenging time for teachers and students; and the IOP teaching team are looking at how we might be able to help during the period in which most students and teachers will be based at home.

Visit our dedicated page on IOPSpark for weekly updates

Networks: teacher professional support

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Thinking of teaching physics?

Apply for financial support to undertake teacher training as an IOP Scholar and join us at masterclasses throughout the training year.

Register your interest or apply
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Online discussion forum for teachers

Have a physics teaching question? TalkPhysics is our online community for anyone involved in teaching pre-19 physics (teachers, teacher trainers, technicians and supporters are all welcome).

Join our safe, friendly, knowledgeable community
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Affiliate your school to the IOP for printed resources every term

We offer an affiliation scheme for schools and colleges in the UK and Ireland and international schools teaching the British curriculum abroad.

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Work in Initial Teacher Education (ITE)?

We support your work in the following areas: ITE policy, support for teacher trainers and TSST providers, ITE updates, recruitment advice and more.

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Events and professional development

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Support for prospective teachers

Our support includes advice on routes into teaching/funding, getting school experience, help for returning teachers, recruitment events, information on subject knowledge enhancement courses and more.

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Book a CPD event

From day meetings to twilight workshops (and everything in between), we have a wide variety of coaching and CPD sessions available to support your continuous development as a teaching professional.

Book a CPD session today
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Get chartered

Are you a practising physics teacher? Want to become a chartered physicist? We're here to help. Get in touch at for support with your application.

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Anthony Waterhouse Fellowship

Up to £3,500 for UK teachers of 11 to 19 year olds who have a physics idea to develop for other teachers. As part of the award we support recipients with links to education researchers and a network of experienced teachers.

Find out more about the fellowship


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School Grants Scheme

Schools, colleges and home school groups based in the UK and Ireland can apply for up to £600 to promote physics and engineering. Grants are for materials, transport and marketing and publicity.

Find out more about the grant

Education research

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Addressing gender imbalance in physics

We're working to understand and tackle the issue of girls’ under-representation in physics post-16.

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Help shape the future of STEM education

Share your views on the way STEM subjects are taught by completing the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) survey.

Complete the survey