Established teachers who are new to teaching physics

Whatever your specialism, most science teachers will have to teach across the science curriculum at some stage in their career despite the disciplines in science requiring different knowledge and skills.

Being asked to teach physics can be particularly daunting to those teachers who have not studied physics for some years or who feel they are less strong mathematically.

Depending on your background, you may find a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)  course useful. These are short courses (from two weeks to six months) designed to get you to a sufficient level of knowledge and confidence in your physics. Included in these courses are lectures, practical work, tutorials and self-study of the topics you will be teaching at secondary level.

Remember that we are here to help during this challenging time. We encourage you to engage with the IOP and utilise our teaching resources to further develop your own understanding of physics and develop as a teacher.

For more information, contact teach@iop.org



Other IOP websites


A community for teachers of physics and their supporters


Ideas and resources for teaching physics to students aged 16-19


Your guide to physics on the web


A support network for teachers and pupils of physics in England

IOP projects


Helping physics teachers to share their skills and experience