IOP engages science teachers at annual education conference

18 January 2016

Everything from workshops that included building jelly baby wave machines to a lecture on research-based practice in teaching was provided by the IOP at this year’s Association for Science Education conference.


The IOP ran 27 well-attended workshops at the event, which was held from 6–9 January at the University of Birmingham and attracted hundreds of science teachers and others involved in education. As well as CPD workshops on numerous physics topics, the IOP ran a drop-in space where teachers could pick up resources and engage with the IOP education team.

There were sessions put on by the IOP’s Stimulating Physics Network (SPN), where Teaching and Learning Coaches ran workshops alongside teachers from the SPN’s link schools, while Physics Network Co-ordinators ran CPD activities on a range of topics. Other sessions included a presentation on the Improving Gender Balance project and a panel discussion on school-based CPD with delegates from the Ogden Trust and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

There was a presentation by ResearchED, a teacher-led organisation that promotes the use of research to inform practice, introduced by its director, Tom Bennett, and the IOP’s head of education, Charles Tracy. The IOP will be supporting a science and maths ResearchED conference in June.