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Education

We work to promote, develop and support excellent physics teaching through networks, CPD events and proven resources.

Here you can find information on:

  • our resources
  • the support we offer at every stage of your career
  • grants and awards
  • education research
     

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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 IOPSpark page for weekly updates

Resources

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Download teaching resources

Discover IOPSpark: our online home for over 2,000 free physics teaching resources including classroom-ready material, teaching guidance, video content and student worksheets all tried and tested by teachers.

Go to the IOPSpark website

How to become a physics teacher

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Support for prospective teachers

Find advice on how to get into teaching physics and what funding is available, how to get school experience, help for returning teachers, recruitment events, information on subject knowledge enhancement courses and more.
 

Find out more

Teaching in schools and colleges

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Support for physics teachers in schools and colleges

From thousands of teaching resources to CPD events to online discussion forums, we have a wide variety of teaching resources to help you teach physics at every stage of your career, whether you teach in:

  • school
  • college
Find out more

Teaching in higher education

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Support if you work in higher education

Our accreditation of physics degrees and recognition of interdisciplinary and combined science degrees are important parts of our support for higher education. 

We’ve also put together a list of resources and projects you may find useful if you work in higher education.

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Degree accreditation and recognition

The accreditation of physics degrees and recognition of interdisciplinary and combined science degrees are important parts of our support for higher education. We accredit and recognise degree programmes in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI).

Find out more

University students

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University student community

Our university student engagement programme enables students to make the most of their time at university and be better prepared for their next steps. Take a look at the range of events and activities we organise that you can take part in.

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School and college students

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Resources for school and college students

If you're studying physics at school or college, we have some resources to help.

Find out more

ITE providers

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Support for Initial Teacher Education providers

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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Grants and awards

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IOP Teacher Training Scholarships

As an IOP Teacher Training Scholar, you'll receive tax-free funding and be part of a like-mind community with access to masterclasses, physics teacher training workshops and support.

Find out more about the scholarships
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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
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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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Teachers of Physics Award

The Teachers of Physics awards celebrate the success of secondary school physics teachers who have raised the profile of physics and science in schools.

Learn more

Education research

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KEEP Teaching - national physics teaching research project

Help ensure talented teachers stay in the classroom.

Find out more and take part
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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.
 

Find out more
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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