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Particle physics for primary

Published: 14 January 2020

The Ogden Trust is supporting its third primary teacher cohort for the Playing with Protons UK CPD programme. The University of Birmingham together with CERN, The Ogden Trust and the Science and Technology Facilities Council is organising this FREE training course for non-specialist teachers, at CERN in August 2020.

There are 12 places to be filled, six fully funded by The Ogden Trust (and selected from its primary Phiz Lab programme) and six fully funded by The University of Birmingham, School of Physics and Astronomy. The selection process will be completed by members of The Ogden Trust and The University of Birmingham, School of Physics and Astronomy.

The 12 successful teachers will be able to take part in this very special CPD experience which brings together primary teachers, science education specialists and CERN researchers to develop creative approaches to helping primary students engage effectively in physics, discovery and innovation.

Playing with Protons UK seeks to develop participants’ subject knowledge and confidence in areas of physics as well as share the awe and wonder of current developments in particle physics, cosmology and engineering that make CERN one of the most exciting science facilities on the planet. The programme also seeks to inspire teachers to create amazing learning opportunities for children back in the UK that can be shared across partnerships of schools.

A range of creative, cross-curricular lesson ideas – germinated in CERN – can now be found online!

“The workshops, tours and speakers have always brought together subject knowledge and relevance to the primary curriculum,” explains Wendy Cox, Head of School Partnerships for The Ogden Trust. “Science pedagogy along with practical application in the primary classroom makes this CERN CPD experience unique. Teachers, passionate about primary science have been lucky enough to come together to share ideas, network and learn in the most inspirational place – CERN. They are now able to share some of their ideas to a wider audience helping the primary teaching community to bring a taste of CERN to their classrooms.”

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