Pre-ITE: Building support networks

Learning to teach physics is a process which takes longer than just a year of Initial Teacher Education. During your first few years in the classroom, there may be times when you need extra help and support, perhaps because you are struggling to teach a particular topic or you could do with someone outside your school to talk to.

Strong support networks can make a big difference to how your teaching develops, especially after the support from your training year tails off. Think about where you would go for help now and you will begin to build the structures that will see you through the early years and beyond.

  • Talkphysics The IOP’s online teacher discussion forum offers a place for teachers to share resources, ask for advice, share their experiences and meet other teachers.

  • Stimulating Physics Mentors This government funded programme offers mentoring and events to a proportion of trainee and early career physics teachers in England

  • Physics Teacher Network Our Teacher Network offers free CPD, support and advice to teachers of physics in the UK and Ireland.


Other IOP websites


A community for teachers of physics and their supporters


A support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England


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