Established teachers who are new to teaching physics

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

We are here to help during this challenging time. We encourage you to engage with the IOP and use our teaching resources to further develop your own understanding of physics and develop as a teacher.

  • Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) - this new government-led scheme will enable non-specialists to improve their physics subject knowledge
  • Teaching Resources – everything a teacher of physics needs, from materials to help boost your physics knowledge to lesson ideas and support for running practical demonstrations
  • Physics Teacher Network – we have over 50 very experienced teachers, or former teachers, who work to support local teachers of physics on our behalf across the UK and Ireland. Get in touch with your local contact for local support
  • Schools and Colleges Affiliation – a special membership for schools and colleges in the UK and Ireland, giving you and your students access to free IOP resources, careers materials and posters, plus reduced entry to teacher events and access to some of our research publications including Physics World
  • Case Study: how biology teacher Jenny became a confident teacher of physics
  • Diagnostic testing – provides precise subject knowledge assessment. There are over 700 questions available on the platform to test participants’ understanding of physics principles

Related information

Other IOP websites

A digital forum for teachers, technicians and their supporters

Resources to build your subject knowledge and teaching from 11-16

Ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16-19

Resources and advice on practical activities at all secondary levels

CPD & support for teachers of physics in England and Wales