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Support for school and college physics teachers

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.

Further down this page you'll also find specific information for:

  • early career teachers
  • teachers returning to work after taking a break
  • established teachers new to teaching physics
  • higher education physics teachers

Practical 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
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Practical physics

This website describes proven experiments in sufficient detail that they will work in any school laboratory. It also provides notes about teaching and learning, as well as health and safety issues. Suitable for all secondary levels.

Go to Practical Physics website
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Supporting physics teachers teaching materials

The Supporting Physics Teaching materials are designed specially for teachers who are new to teaching physics and those wishing to develop their existing skills. They are grounded in wide-ranging evidence and enriched with the wisdom of practicing classroom teachers of physics.

Read more on the IOPSpark website
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Teaching Advance Physics (TAP)

TAP offers a comprehensive set of detailed resources to help you to plan lessons for 16–19 year olds. The resources are aimed at those who are new to teaching this age group, and don’t assume that you have lots of equipment or had advice from experienced colleagues.

Read more on our IOPSpark website
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Benchmark tools for practical work in science

If you are keen to ensure practical work in science remains a top priority in your school, download and use these benchmark tools.

Get benchmark tools

Virtual support

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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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Forum - email discussion lists

Find education platforms to share your ideas and views. 

Our education department supports a number of email discussion lists to provide you with forums to:

  • share ideas
  • ask questions
  • exchange views
Find out more
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@IOPTeaching Twitter account

The @IOPTeaching Twitter account, working to promote, develop and support excellent physics teaching through networks, CPD events and tried and tested resources.

Join us on Twitter

Professional development

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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 teachercphys@iop.org for support with your application.
 

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Schools and colleges affiliation scheme

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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.

Affiliate your school to receive:

  • resources
  • publications
  • discounts to events
Find out more

Support at every stage of your career

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Support for early career teachers

Your early years as a physics teacher can be a steep learning curve. We have tips for you on lesson observation, teaching A-level and managing the marking mountain as well as specific teaching resources for you from IOPSpark.

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Support for non-physics teachers who teach physics

Whatever your specialism, most science teachers will work across the science curriculum during their career. If you haven't studied physics for some years or feel less strong mathematically, being asked to teach physics can feel particularly daunting.

Find out about teacher subject specialism training and CPD events that can help you.

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Support if you're returning to teaching after taking a break

However long you'e been away from teaching, schools appreciate the enhanced life experience and knowledge you bring with you on your return.

Find out what resources are available to ease you back into the classroom.

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