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Retaining physics teachers

Recommendations for teachers, middle leaders and senior leaders in schools and colleges.

Survey on physics teacher retention

The Institute of Physics is working with the University of Chester to find out more about the factors affecting the retention of physics teachers. Anyone who is currently in the first five years of physics teaching is eligible for this confidential and anonymous survey; to recognise the time needed (15-20 minutes), respondents will be able to choose between a £15 Amazon voucher and us making a donation to Education Support.

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Resources and guidance

Teacher shortages and retention


Subject Knowledge for Physics Teachers (SKPT), run by the Ogden Trust, is a programme of modules to build the skills of teachers without a strong physics background to teach physics.  

Matched timetables

Over the last four years the IOP, working with EEF and University College London, have been running the KEEP Teaching project, a randomised controlled trial investigating the impact of matched timetables on teacher satisfaction and retention. 
Find out more about the KEEP Teaching project.

In addition, the KEEP project was developed from the following sources: