ITE Update

The Institute of Physics organises annual meetings for tutors and policy makers in secondary ITE.

The most recent update was held on Tuesday 22nd April 2014. Below is an overview of what was covered on the day.

A full summary is available here.

Introduction, Charles Tracy (IOP)

Charles welcomed the participants and outlined the work currently being done by the IOP Pre-19 Education Department, including the renewal of the Stimulating Physics Network and the ongoing work on getting girls into physics, the Capital Physics project, the ITE scholarships, work the IOP has done with NCTL and SCORE, and the new web version of SPT.

Charles’ slides can be downloaded here.

Recruitment analysis and SKEs, Mark Crowley (Nottingham Trent)

Using his analyses of the ITT census, allocations and various UCAS releases, Mark went through allocation and recruitment figures for the previous year and this year, and likely figures for next year, paying particular attention to the effects of School Direct and the changes to SKE courses.

Mark’s slides can be downloaded here.

Recruitment and SKE discussion, James O’Donoghue (NCTL)

James outlined recent changes to recruitment and SKE courses, and led a group discussion. This raised questions of risk and instability in the ITE system. Please see the full summary for details.

James’ slides can be downloaded here.

ECT Mentoring from the IOP, David Cameron (IOP)

David, with the help of Trevor Plant, explained the mentoring the IOP offers to early career teachers under the banner of SPS (Stimulating Physics Support).

David’s slides can be downloaded here.

Marketing of IOP scholarships and physics teaching, Jo Murawski (IOP)

Jo gave an overview of the four main routes through which the IOP promotes physics teaching as a profession: the scholarship scheme, the database of prospective teachers, the school experience programme, and careers events.

Jo’s slides can be downloaded here.

Practical work and the new curriculum, Caro Garrett (Southampton)

Caro presented extracts from Ofsted’s Maintaining Curiosity report, Professor Smith’s review of GCSE specifications and other sources to investigate the changing nature of the curriculum and the current concern over the assessment of practical activities.

Caro’s slides can be downloaded here.

The future of HEIs in the new environment, Judith Hillier (Oxford)

Judith looked into how the growth of School Direct has introduced complexity to the ITE market, and how changes to allocations have led to instability in the system and in individual HE institutions.

Judith’s slides can be downloaded here.

Discussion and AOB, all

The final discussion gave a chance for participants to raise any issues they felt hadn’t been covered. These included the lack of correlation between degree class and teaching ability, issues with the School Direct system and concern over unqualified teachers.

Please send any questions or feedback to peter.watson@iop.org.