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KEEP Teaching: data collection exercise

The KEEP Teaching trial investigates the impact of an intervention to reduce workload for early career teachers (ECTs). Although recruitment for the main trial has now closed, physics ECTs can still contribute to the research. Please register your interest to find out more.


I’m interested in participating in KEEP Teaching – what do I do next?

Although recruitment for the main KEEP Teaching trial closed in July 2021, if you are a physics early career teacher (ECT) in your first year of teaching during 2021-22 you can still contribute to the research by participating in a one-off data collection exercise that will help us assess your workload.

Register your interest and we’ll send you more details.

Which ECTs can still take part in the data collection exercise?

You must be a physics specialist in your first year of teaching during the academic year starting September 2021. Your role in school can be ‘teacher of physics’ or ‘teacher of science’.

Eligible schools must be:

  • non-selective;
  • teaching students aged 11-16 or 11-18; and
  • state schools in England.

The schools must not have already taken part in KEEP Teaching as part of an intervention group.

Teach First trainees and part-time ECTs are not eligible.

Note: teachers who have trained outside the UK are eligible as long as they are in their first year of teaching as an ECT in the UK.

How do you define a ‘physics early career teacher (ECT)’?

A physics ECT is defined as someone with:

  • a physics degree, a joint honours degree which includes physics, or a related degree (e.g. geophysics or astrophysics); or
  • a mechanical, civil or electrical engineering degree; and
  • a physics or physics and maths Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE); or
  • an equivalent Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) teaching certificate labelled as specialising in physics or physics and maths.

Can I take part if my ECT year is starting after September? For example, after October half-term?

Unfortunately, we need to constrain the sample within the year and have the ECT year start and end at the same point for everyone.

I’m an ECT, do I need permission from my school if I want to participate?

Yes, we will ask your school to sign a form giving permission for you to share data that will help us to assess to your workload. Apart from this, there is no action needed by your school and only minimal input will be required from you.

If I register my interest in the project, who can access my data?

Data protection

KEEP Teaching is a programme delivered by the Institute of Physics (‘IOP’) with the UCL Institute of Education (“IOE”).

Your contact details, and any other information you submit, will be shared by IOP with IOE and only used by each organisation in order to administer and evaluate this programme.

If you submit details of any other person, such as a contact at the school where you have secured a position, or the name of an ECT, then this data will be shared by IOP with IOE and either organisation may make contact with that person by email or telephone in order to administer this programme.

It is therefore essential that, before you submit their details, you have obtained permission from that person for their data to be submitted, used and shared in this way.

Email us at [email protected] if you no longer wish to be contacted about the programme.

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