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Are you passionate about physics education? Would you like to develop a project beyond the curriculum or beyond your own classroom? Apply now for a Senior Teacher Fellowship.

Published: 10 January 2024

Are you passionate about physics education? Would you like to develop a project beyond the curriculum or beyond your own classroom? Applications are now open for Ogden Senior Teacher Fellowships. These fellowships offer funding to schools for a (physics) teacher’s timetable release and support project costs so teachers can deliver initiatives that bring the wonder of physics to a wider audience or support other teachers to develop their teaching practice. 

A Senior Teacher Fellowship enables you to: 

  • Develop a physics education project of your interest 
  • Build skills & experience both inside and outside of the classroom 
  • Share ideas and engage with a community of Ogden fellows 

This year, we have devised a range of teacher fellowship projects for primary and secondary teachers which are available for application. They include using PhET resources in the classroom, developing secondary CPD and resources, and post-16 and higher level physics support. Primary projects include physics assessment and CPD, and developing scientific vocabulary in primary physics. 

Each of these projects can be refined and adapted to better meet your interests or your school. You can also apply for a fellowship to develop and deliver a project of your own. 

Find further information on the projects available, eligibility and how to apply in the Teacher Support section of our website.

“Being a senior fellow has given me the time and flexibility to explore truly innovative and exciting projects. We rarely get this time as teachers and the opportunity for me to work internationally with the team at PhET is a highlight of my career so far. The balance of stellar professional development, independence, and autonomy, is a true highlight of the fellowship.”
Jed Marshall, Alexandra Park School
Jed is completing his fellowship in partnership with PhET, University of Colorado.

“Senior Teacher Fellowship are awarded to teachers who have demonstrated their commitment to physics education and wish to develop their skills while remaining in the classroom,” explains Head of Teacher Support, Charley Phillips. “The programme includes a time buy-out and is designed to help give teachers the capacity to deliver a physics project that is outside of their teaching commitments,” continues Charley. “. “We also offer half-termly mentoring to support the development and delivery of the project, and additional funding to help cover project costs.” 

“Enabling teachers to work on projects beyond the curriculum can help develop pedagogy and support enrichment activities,” adds Charley. “We hope that the projects will be sustainable once the fellowship has ended; and we would like to be able to share the project idea, know-how and resources so that other teachers can consider implementing the initiative in their school or local area.” 

Senior Teacher Fellowship projects should address the aims of the Trust and reach some of the Trust’s priority audiences. They should help inspire or enable young people to take physics further, or support physics teachers to develop their teaching. 

“For me as a teacher, it has reinvigorated my long-standing passion for teaching and stimulated my drive to ensure that children can enjoy science both in an educational environment and their wider lives.”
Charlotte Thompson, Parkside Academy
During her fellowship, Charlotte has developed and delivered hands-on physics workshops and provided CPD and resources to teachers.
You can read more about her fellowship project here.

Two pair of hands working on a science experiment, invloving two peg hangers, a container and some wires.

Find further information on the projects available, eligibility and how to apply in the Teacher Support section of our website.

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