We've chosen the resources listed on this page as they are particularly useful for teachers who are new to teaching physics. A full list of all our teaching resources can be found in our brochure IOP Education: Teaching and Student Resources.

Teaching resources

  • 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.
  • 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.

Support in your region

  • 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.
  • Early Career Mentoring (physics specialists in England only)
    This government-funded project provides an IOP mentor to student physics teachers during training and into the early years in the classroom.
  • Who’s Who?
    Have a look through these posters to find out who is there to support you wherever you are in the UK or Ireland.

Virtual support

  • TalkPhysics
    IOP’s online community for teachers of physics. It’s a safe place to ask questions, share ideas and access teaching resources.
  • @TakeOnPhysics
    We use our Twitter feed to share ideas, events and resources, from the best physics apps to the first Vine from space

More food for thought

    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.
  • Girls in physics
    We know that too few girls go on to study physics post-16 despite performing well before that. These pages present research, suggest new ways to address your teaching and offer resources to help address the problem.
  • Classroom Physics
    The IOP Education Department newsletter, which is published four times a year, includes information about events, resources and training, as well as teaching tips and practical ideas.

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