This week, Ogden outreach officers from universities across the UK gathered at University College London to share best practice and ideas, and to discuss the future direction of the Ogden outreach officer programme.
On the first day, the meeting focused on the development of the scheme and how it is being reshaped to ensure that the outreach officers are best placed to support teachers in their delivery of physics, to work with disadvantaged groups, and to support undergraduates and postgraduates who want to work with schools. How best to evaluate outreach was also a key area of discussion.
On the second day of the meeting, the current Ogden outreach officers were joined by Isaac Physics fellows, former Ogden outreach officers and other Ogden regional representatives. This group came together to share practice and ideas.
Ogden regional representative, Carole Kenrick shared space teaching ideas with the group, who all left with their very own ‘solar system in their pocket’. Regional representative, Alison Rivett joined the conversation and demonstrated how to make a particle collision mobile.
Ideas for CPD for teachers, schemes to utilise student ambassadors and volunteers, and ways to work with disadvantaged students were also shared at this very productive meeting.
“It was a great opportunity to discuss the ongoing development of this important Ogden outreach programme,” explains Clare Harvey, Chief Executive of The Ogden Trust. “The outreach officers deliver amazing work within their local schools and wider communities; we want to ensure that we best support them in this work so that they can help us to meet our aims across the UK. We hope the meeting provided new ideas for things to do, as well as strengthened networks.”