When will courses start?
SKPT programmes will start in September 2021.
When will the face-to-face sessions take place?
These will be decided by the SKPT Tutor and the Hub School. Successful applicants will be informed of dates and times of face-to-face training sessions and online tutorials by them.
What is expected from the face-to-face sessions?
Each of the three modules will contain the equivalent of three half-day sessions (which may be run as a whole day and a half day, or as three separate events); these will usually take place in the SKPT Hub School.
Key information on Hub Schools – please read before applying
Before applying for a place, please check this list of SKPT Hub locations:
- Yorkshire and the North East: Durham, York, Leeds, Sheffield (West and South East)
- Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Wigan
- Midlands: Stoke-on-Trent, Lincoln, Wellingborough
- London and South East: Bury St Edmunds, Chelmsford, London (N11), Faversham
- South and South West: Oxford, Guildford, Bristol, Truro
Is SKPT suitable for Newly and Recently Qualified Teachers?
NQTs in September 2021 are eligible to apply for SKPT. The course does require a significant time commitment, and some experience of teaching physics will be helpful. We would urge NQTs to consider this carefully before applying.
Nonetheless, applications are welcomed from teachers at any stage in their career.
What happens if SKPT is oversubscribed?
Should we need to award priority for places, we will consider:
- the percentage of students eligible for free school meals in your school; and
- the amount of physics within your teaching timetable.
We may also take into consideration anything you tell us in your application form about your situation.
Can I attend other IOP CPD events?
SKPT participants are still free to attend any other IOP teacher CPD.
1. We encourage all participants to attend an IOP Regional CPD Day – these really help you to become a part of (and feel part of) the physics teaching community. Along with any other IOP online CPD sessions, they will give you more opportunity to develop your subject specific and pedagogical knowledge. Whilst these should not be seen as an optional replacement for dedicated SKPT sessions, you should record attendance at these in your learning log, and this can be counted towards your SKPT CPD time.
2. Teachers in Stimulating Physics Network (SPN) Partner Schools can (and should) continue to attend sessions run for their school/department. Again, these can enhance significantly your subject specific teaching skills and confidence.
What happens if I miss a face-to-face/live session?
There is an expectation for teachers to attend the equivalent of 35 hours of “live” sessions, at least 30 hours of which should be dedicated SKPT sessions. We recognise that it may not be possible to attend all the scheduled sessions.
Whilst attendance at other IOP CPD sessions can be counted in lieu of occasional sessions missed, time accrued by attending other IOP sessions should not be seen as an optional replacement for attendance at dedicated SKPT sessions.