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Teach Physics Internships

Applications for Teach Physics 2018 are now open.

The Ogden Trust Teach Physics programme was set up in 2010, initially with 12 interns in five schools, and has expanded enormously, with up to 53 schools becoming involved. All are state schools with a reputation for strong physics teaching, who have enjoyed a connection with the Ogden Trust for a number of years. 

Read more about Teach Physics in our Teach Physics@7 Review (November 2016), which showcases the programme and reports on its successes.

The objectives of the programme are:

  • to increase the number of physics graduates choosing to train as physics teachers
  • to increase the number of physics specialists teaching science in state schools

The Trust aims to achieve this by giving interns an intensive experience, both of teaching physics and of broader school life. This is an important pre-requisite for obtaining a PGCE place or other funded route into teaching.

If you are already a partnership school, and would be interested in hosting one (or more!) interns, please contact our Programme Officer for more information, or click here.

Please note, the deadline for schools to register their interest is Friday February 9 2018.

Teach Physics internships are aimed at 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates who are considering a physics teaching career, and take place between the end of the university year and the end of the school summer term (usually for around 4-5 weeks).

These internships are also suitable for PhD students if they fit with their research schedules, and they are welcome to apply. If they are unsuitable because of the necessary time commitment, PhD students may be eligible for a Scientists in Schools placement, for which they must be nominated by an Ogden University Science Officer.

Internship applications for the 2018 programme are now open! Please apply here.

Please note, the deadline for applications is Sunday February 11 2018.

The Ogden Trust makes a one-off administrative payment to the host school to cover Disclosure and Barring Service checks and other administration, and the interns receive a training grant (£300 per completed week). They are required to keep a reflective diary for submission at the end of their placement, and to hold a pupil-centred physics careers workshop.

Sometimes Teach Physics interns volunteer or are asked to undertake additional one-off projects, as illustrated by these films by 2017 interns, Lucas Rushton and Calvin Browne, and 2015 intern, Charlotte Burman. You can also learn more about the internships by reading the reflective diaries from previous placements.

An Award is presented annually to the Teach Physics Outstanding Intern of the Year. Here's a short film made by WRIPA featuring Sarah Fitzmaurice, our 2015 winner.