New initiative for teacher development triples in size

23 July 2015

A further 10 schools have been awarded the status of SPN Link School with Adviser – providing the opportunity for these schools to lead on the professional development for teachers of physics in schools across their areas.

New initiative for teacher development triples in size

The 10 schools, located in Hull, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Birmingham, Wiltshire, Kent, East Sussex, Hampshire and Devon, join the five schools previously announced and further extend the reach of the initiative across England.

This programme, a part of the Stimulating Physics Network, is a new model of school-based Continuing Professional Development (CPD) that has been developed by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in collaboration with the Department for Education, the National College of Teaching and Leadership, the National Science Learning Network and the Teaching Schools Council.

The 10 new schools are Sirius Academy in Hull, Loreto Grammar School in Cheshire, Toot Hill School in Nottinghamshire, King Edward VI Five Ways School in Birmingham, Malmesbury School in Wiltshire, Townley Grammar School in Kent, St Richard’s Catholic College in East Sussex, The Arnewood School Academy and Bohunt School, both in Hampshire, and Petroc in Devon.

They join Skipton Girls' High School in Yorkshire, St Joseph's College in Staffordshire , Darrick Wood School in London, Wildern School in Hampshire and Truro and Penwith College in Cornwall.

These 15 schools work with other schools in their local areas to provide professional development activities for teachers of physics. They draw on the IOP’s extensive experience in supporting, developing and coaching other teachers of physics.

Julie Slater, national representative of the Teaching School Council, said: “The Teaching School Council is delighted to work in collaboration with the Institute of Physics in order to promote the importance of high quality physics teaching in schools. Working with the Institute of Physics to appoint SPN link schools with advisers demonstrates how the school-led system can impact on children’s learning through high quality CPD and networking.”

Frances Saunders, president of the IOP, said: "Our Stimulating Physics Network is evolving.  This new direction of travel – enabling schools themselves to lead on teacher development while offering a framework to support the schools – meets schools’ needs and enables relevant, effective and locally-tailored professional development for teachers.  The offer from the IOP to support local networks; providing coordination and leadership in terms of physics knowledge, pedagogy and project management has been very well-received.”

For further information about the Stimulating Physics Network, go to

To express interest in joining the Stimulating Physics Network, visit

Link School workshops for the 2015/16 academic year can now be found at

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