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Early career support

Applications are now open for our Early Career programme.

Published: 2 November 2023

Teaching core physics provides secondary (or middle school) teachers in their first or second year of teaching physics at any stage with FREE half termly coaching and mentoring sessions in a local peer group. Each of these sessions focuses on a different area of physics, relevant teaching approaches and resources, and can be used to provide additional subject-specific support to the Early Career Framework provision. The local peer group enables teachers to build a support network and share ideas across schools.

The Teaching Core Physics sessions provide time for reflection and discussion, they consider pedagogy and student misconceptions, and support early career teachers to build their physics content knowledge for KS3/KS4 classroom teaching.

“The physics CPD provided by Ogden has been excellent. The mentors have extensive technical knowledge and years of classroom experience to tailor the sessions to your needs. I took away a lot of useful advice which I implemented into my lesson plans.”
Teaching Core Physics

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Early career support

All those who successfully apply for the early career support programme will be invited to a fully funded two-day festival, where they can build networks, share practice and develop skills.

“Retention of excellent science teachers in the profession remains a concern across the education sector,” explains James de Winter, Associate Lecturer in Science Education at the University of Cambridge and Ogden advisor for early career teacher development. “We hope that the Ogden early career programme will provide some much-needed support and nurture for teachers as they begin their careers.”

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2022 Early Career Festival


It is expected that the majority of those applying each year will be able to take part but if programmes are oversubscribed, priority will be given to applications that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • applicant school’s free school meals % above national average (27%)
  • applicant school is Ofsted 3 or 4 rated
  • applicant teacher is lone physics specialist, or
  • applicant teacher is a non-physics specialist teaching post-16 physics and employed as a physics teacher.

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