Ogden school partnerships: enhancing the teaching & learning of physics

14 January 2019

There are currently 99 Ogden school partnerships: 58 primary partnerships and 41 secondary. The Trust wants to fund 18 more for 2019/20 and is now inviting applications.

An Ogden school partnership is a group of schools within a local area who want to collaborate on projects that enhance the teaching and learning of science (particularly physics and the physical processes). They can be a mix of maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools.

The partnership programme aims to

  • Support physics teaching - through subject specific CPD and supporting schools to improve retention
  • Support students to develop physics identity – through collaborative partnerships, enrichment and enhancement activities, working with families and career awareness.
Pupils from the Halesowen & Dudley Primary Partnership had their imaginations inspired and their questions answered at a Space Day
Pupils from the Halesowen & Dudley Primary Partnership had their imaginations inspired and their questions answered at a Space Day

“Teacher CPD and raising students' science capital is at the heart of our school partnerships programme,” explains Head of School Partnerships, Wendy Cox. “We welcome applications from any schools in England, but are especially keen to work with new partnerships in rural and coastal areas, as well as schools based in areas of social deprivation.”

Students in the South Devon Partnership feel the heat
Students in the South Devon Partnership feel the heat

“Ogden partnerships have held more than 800 events this past year,” continues Wendy. “Students (and teachers) have ‘explored’ Space, been ‘wonderstruck’ by explosive science, learnt about some unexpected STEM careers, and even visited CERN – to mention just a few of the events that have taken place. Many of these activities would just not be possible for schools on their own – being part of a partnership brings the support, capacity and funding to do more to engage children in the excitement of science.”

Students from the South Devon & Torbay Partnership were 'Wonderstruck' by science
Students from the South Devon & Torbay Partnership were 'Wonderstruck' by science

If you want to set up a new school partnership you will need to register for the Ogden grant management system and complete the expression of interest form. If you want to be considered for the next academic year you will need to have completed this before 1 March. For further information, visit our Joining a Partnership pages.

Durham Ferryhill & Chilton Primary Partnership have a Science Ambassadors scheme
Durham Ferryhill & Chilton Primary Partnership Science Ambassadors scheme


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