Early career teachers

Your early years as a physics teacher can be a steep learning curve. We have a range of resources to help you meet the challenges you'll face.

Lesson observation tips

However confident you are as a teacher, being observed can be daunting. Here are some suggestions for helping the process go as smoothly as possible.

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Managing the marking mountain

Marking is a major pressure on teachers’ time and may feel like it's consuming too much of your non-contact time, both in and outside school.

We've put together some helpful tips from the physics teaching community on how to balance marking against the many other demands on your time.

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Teaching A-level

There are real and valid reasons why teachers shy away from teaching A-level physics. But for many physics teachers, A-level classes are the highlight of their week. Find out how to increase your confidence in teaching physics at this level.

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Student Teacher Affiliation Scheme

Join this free scheme if you are a student teacher or in your first two years of teaching. The scheme helps to develop your understanding of physics and you'll receive resources, advice on practical demonstrations and suggestions on how to keep your physics teaching interesting.

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Further teaching resources

  • Supporting Physics Teachers (SPT)
    Providing extensive support for teaching physics up to age 16, the SPT materials have been developed for all new teachers of physics, boosting subject knowledge, highlighting common problem areas for pupils and offering teaching strategies.
  • Teaching Advanced Physics (TAP)
    TAP offers a comprehensive set of detailed resources to help you to plan lessons for 16–19 year olds. The resources are aimed at those who are new to teaching this age group, and don’t assume that you have lots of equipment or had advice from experienced colleagues.
  • Practical Physics
    This website describes proven experiments in sufficient detail that they will work in any school laboratory. It also provides notes about teaching and learning, as well as health and safety issues. Suitable for all secondary levels.
  • Improving Gender Balance
    We have been working for many years on the issues surrounding the lack of uptake of physics at school, particularly by girls. These resources aim to help schools tackle gender inequity in the science classroom, in the whole school and in their associated primary and early year centres. 

Support in your region

  • Physics Teacher Network
    Find your local Physics Teacher Network Co-ordinator (PNC) and introduce yourself. The PNCs have lots of teaching experience and put on free CPD workshops and provide advice and support for anyone teaching physics. They have close links with local schools and will know about local initiatives and activities.

Virtual support

  • TalkPhysics
    Our online forum for physics teachers and their supporters has over 10,000 members. Register for free – it’s a safe place to ask questions, share ideas and access teaching resources.
  • @IOPTeaching
    IOP support for teaching physics Twitter feed, working to promote, develop and support excellent physics teaching through networks, CPD events and tried and tested resources.

Reading matter

  • Classroom Physics
    Our Education Department newsletter is published four times a year. It includes news and resources from the IOP and other relevant organisations, event listings, teaching tips and practical ideas. Look out for paper copies in your school’s physics department or read it online.
  • Physics Education
    Our international journal for everyone involved with the teaching of physics in schools and colleges. As well as academic papers, there are informal articles, teaching tips and reviews of textbooks and software.


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