ITE Update

The Institute of Physics organises annual meetings for tutors and policy makers in secondary ITE.

The most recent was held on Monday 22nd April. Here’s an overview of what was covered on the day.


Chris Shepherd highlighted the support which the IOP offers and explained some of the things we have been doing with policy to improve teacher recruitment.

You can view Chris' presentation here.

Update from the Teaching Agency

Pete Grady, Team Leader Recruitment Strategy gave an overview of the physics recruitment for Schools Direct and SKEs.

Click here to see Pete's presentation.

Impact of School Direct and the future of SKEs

Caro Garrett spoke first-hand about her own experiences and challenges with Schools Direct and SKEs. Consensus was that most attendees felt the same.

Click here to see Caro's presentation.

Physics with Maths courses

Helen Diles shared experiences of her current cohort of physics and physics with maths trainees. Questions arose about the likelihood of a physics with maths teacher having to teach other sciences and how much maths they would actually end up teaching.

View Helen's presentation here.

Diagnostic Testing

Charles Tracy, Head of Education (Pre-19), discussed the work on diagnostic testing which the IOP are currently undertaking. The online diagnostic testing tool allows supporters of teachers (and teachers themselves) to formatively assess their physics subject knowledge. Users can create, update and manage tests and questions which you can use with teachers you support. If you would like to get involved please email us.

You can view Charles' presentation here.

Group Discussions

Throughout the day, participants asked questions, raised concerns and discussed relevant topics including routes into teaching, how best to learn to teach physics and a tutor's contribution to teacher education.

A summary of these discussions is available here.

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to drop us an email at

Best wishes,
The Education Team.