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Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)

TSST courses teach secondary physics to non-specialist and returning teachers. The courses are run by schools and approved and funded by the DfE. They are free to participants and usually take place during term-time. This content is for:

  • teachers new to teaching physics or a teacher returning to teaching physics
  • TSST course providers
  • Initial Teacher Education provider 

Courses are designed to enable non-specialists either to take on physics teaching as an additional specialism or to retrain as a physics specialist teacher.

In addition, they also support teachers who wish to return to the profession after a period away from the classroom.

Please note that this programme is coordinated by the Department for Education and is available in England only.


If you are an established teacher new to teaching physics or a teacher returning to teaching physics, taking a physics TSST course will help to improve your physics subject knowledge.

Course providers

I am delivering a TSST course

If you are an educational establishment delivering a TSST course:

  • use the classroom resources on this page to help deliver your course
  • take a look at our marketing action plan for schools (PDF, 231KB) to help you recruit teachers onto your course. It includes:
    • advice on advertising your course
    • how to target schools,
    • creating a web presence
    • running information events

Classroom resources

The following resources were developed for a Science Additional Specialism: Physics 30-day course. Each of these PowerPoint files represents roughly one day’s programme of the course. TSST course providers can customise the contents to suit the courses being offered.

As an educational establishment you can use these classroom materials free of charge. These materials may not be reproduced for profit by any other organisation.


Atoms and nuclei





Vibration and waves

Further information

Email [email protected] or call us on 020 7470 4959.