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Secondary teachers from the Ogden Teacher Network took part in a three-day professional development programme showcasing cutting-edge resources from the Perimeter Institute.

Published: 15 August 2023

“I loved it! I’m buzzing with new ideas on how to deliver what I have learned and can’t wait to show my fellow teachers too. Thank you very much to everyone involved. I’ve been to a lot of training events in my time and I rate this as one of the best.”

At the end of last month, 19 secondary teachers of physics from the Ogden Teacher Network took part in EINSTEINPLUS (E+) UK, a three-day immersive professional development programme showcasing resources from the Perimeter Institute, hosted by Durham University and funded by The Ogden Trust. This annual CPD programme has been designed to provide new teaching resources and ideas, subject knowledge support with contemporary physics and an opportunity for teachers to reflect on their practice in a supportive learning community.

The Perimeter Institute resources focus on modern physics including quantum physics, special relativity, and cosmology, with pathways and ideas to take this cutting-edge research into the classroom to inspire students and enhance the curriculum learning.

A large group of adults seated at lab desks in three rows looking towards the front of a classroom

Jackie Flaherty, James de Winter and Henry Hammond led the course for the Ogden Trust, sharing their expertise and enthusiasm with the delegates. Academics from Durham also joined the event to share insights into their latest research including Dr Sebastian Jaskiewicz who started his physics journey as an Ogden Year 12 School Physicist of Year and is now a post-doc in particle physics!

“Fabulous, fantastic physics course – would highly recommend 🚀”

“I absolutely loved it – it was so informative! It was great to meet with other physics teachers from all over the country. It was a fantastic opportunity.”

“During the three days, teachers took part in some fabulous physics!” enthuses Henry. “Tackling the challenge of quantum reality and fields, building a quantum telescope and meeting with leading Durham researchers to get an insight into the latest physics development and how they can be integrated into the classroom.

“Alongside exploring the resources from the Perimeter Institute, we engaged in hands-on practical work to make learning relevant, memorable and exciting, delved deep into the pedagogy of physics teaching and spending time reflecting on how best to embed the learning back in our respective educational settings,” he continues.

Six teachers working on physics investigation - they are surrounding some blue material which is clipped to a ring

“The Ogden Trust has built a strong and deserved reputation for exciting research-informed physics CPD, Perimeter Institute is world renowned for its quality of physics outreach & Durham University physics department are prolific in research, teaching & outreach… therefore, maybe it is unsurprising that this course was an overwhelming success with participants being challenged, stimulated and inspired – their brains being stretched, but not broken.”

“Co-leading this transformative CPD course with two brilliant colleagues at the end of a busy year I was left feeling exhilarated with the knowledge 19 schools will have teachers revigorated and inspired with new ideas to enrich teaching and learning of a wide range of challenging topics. Now time for a break before September!’ concludes Henry.

five adults looking at an electrical circuit in a physics CPD session.

 


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