Record number of physics graduates choosing to teach

20 November 2012

Data from the Teaching Agency shows that 900 graduates are due to start training this academic year as physics teachers – the highest total since records have been kept, going back to 1979.

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This record figure follows a range of initiatives from bother Department for Education and the Institute of Physics (IOP), including the IOP’s Teacher Training Scholarships, to overcome the shortage of specialist physics teachers in English schools.

News of the record figure has been confirmed as part of a government announcement on the rising quality of graduates going into teaching -

Charles Tracy, Head of Education pre-19 at the IOP, said, “This is excellent news for physics, for our schools and for our children who will benefit from the experience, insight and enthusiasm that these top graduates will bring to the classroom.

“The future of any subject relies on excellent people coming into the teaching profession.  Teaching physics is doing physics – it is rewarding in its own right and backs up the growing popularity and interest in the subject, developing the physicists of the future and a physics-aware population.

“The Institute is delighted to be working with the government on the Teacher Training Scholarships. As the Teaching Agency’s figures show, the Scholarships are encouraging a greater number of top class graduates to consider teaching physics and we believe they have helped us to put together the biggest and one of the most accomplished cohorts of trainee physics teachers since records began.”

For further information on trends in physics teacher recruitment, see

For further information about IOP’s Teacher Training Scholarships or to apply, go to 

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