Resources

Teaching

  • Supporting Physics Teachers (SPT)
    A valuable source of inspiration for lessons for 11–16-year-olds. SPT is packed full of interactive animations and tips to help you plan your teaching approach and spot when your pupils are on the wrong track.
  • Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP)
    Lesson plan ideas and resources for those teaching A-level physics. It’s designed especially for those new to teaching and assumes only limited access to equipment, resources and advice from experienced colleagues.
  • Stimulating Physics Support (SPS)
    Each term, SPS Mentors run free local workshops and events which are open to all trainee and recently qualified physics teachers. These meetings provide support in developing strategies for engaging physics teaching, and a chance to meet local physics teachers in other schools to share and develop ideas.

Doing

  • Practical Physics
    Help with demonstrations and practicals at all levels, giving ideas, guidance and tips on how to make the most of your students’ laboratory time.
  • Physics in the Field
    Take some tips from our team of physics buskers – they have more than a few tricks up their sleeves and know how to engage an audience.
  • Physics Teacher Network
    Our Physics Teacher Network Co-ordinators have close links with the schools in their region and act as a source of information about local initiatives and activities, as well as generally provide help and advice in response to requests.

Talking

  • TalkPhysics
    IOP’s community website for teachers of physics that brings teachers, resources, ideas, knowledge and mentoring together under one virtual roof.

Thinking

  • Physics.org
    An IOP guide to physics on the web and a good place to look for fun physics. Browse through 4,000 handpicked websites, check out the latest physics news, play games, try some experiments or make your own recommendations for physics on the web.
  • Physics Education
    The international journal for everyone involved with the teaching of physics in schools and colleges. The articles reflect the needs and interests of secondary school teachers, teacher trainers and those involved with courses up to introductory undergraduate level.

Reading and watching

  • National STEM Centre
    Houses an extensive e-library of online resources for teaching all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
  • Girls in physics
    A report detailing the under representation of girls in physics post-16 which is a serious issue for the UK and in particular for the STEM community.


Other IOP websites


A community for teachers of physics and their supporters


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


Your guide to physics on the web


A support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England

IOP projects


Helping physics teachers to share their skills and experience