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Teach Physics 2023

Are you a physics or engineering undergraduate thinking about going into physics teaching? Apply now for a 2023 Teach Physics internship.

Published: 1 December 2022

“Through this internship I have discovered that I have a real passion for education and that teaching, whilst a rigorous and often emotionally challenging profession, is something that I am eager to pursue in the future.”
2021 intern

Are you a physics or engineering undergraduate thinking about going into physics teaching?

Applications are now open for the 2023 Ogden Teach Physics programme. Teach Physics provides undergraduates with a funded four- to five-week placement in school science departments, allowing students to gain an intensive experience of teaching physics and of broader school life.

Applications for 2023 are now open. All applications need to be made online and should be submitted before midnight on Monday 23 January.

Teach Physics interns are supported and mentored by experienced teachers; and they observe and participate in school science lessons and extra-curricular activities. In addition, they plan and deliver their own lessons, and share their experiences of university life. The interns are encouraged to join in with all aspects of teaching, including the development of resources that can be used for science teaching and activities at the school once the placements are over.

The feedback from the interns in 2022 was overwhelmingly positive; the scheme enabled them to embrace the teaching opportunity and gave them insight and experience to fully consider a future career in physics teaching.

“I really enjoyed the chance to teach a lesson, organise a physics careers workshop and a university-life session. It really increased my confidence and has made me feel that I will be a good teacher if I decide to go into teaching. It has also been a really good opportunity to see what teaching is really like and has opened my eyes to some of the challenges teachers face. Overall, I would highly recommend this to anyone even vaguely interested in teaching as it is a very enjoyable and enlightening experience.
Teach Physics intern 2022

“In 2022, 42 interns completed Teach Physics placements at 33 schools around England and we are excited to open applications for Teach Physics 2023, which are open to physics and engineering undergraduates,” says Jessica Cofie, Programme Officer for the scheme.

“We are able to place successful applicants at schools with very strong physics departments, meaning the interns can fully immerse themselves in a school teaching environment with a strong network of support and resources,” continues Jessica. “We have schools across England wanting to take part in the scheme, with new schools joining the programme and long-established partners continuing as host schools. We hope to encourage even more undergraduate applicants to apply and more schools to host.”

I found my time as a Teach Physics intern incredibly rewarding and was sad to leave. Whilst I may not be going into teaching straight out of university, I will most definitely become a teacher at some stage in my career. I could not recommend this internship enough. If you are thinking about going in to teaching, this opportunity allows you to take a hands-on approach to tackling the working environment. The internship provides an opportunity to inspire the next generation to get excited about science, and maybe even to pursue physics further one day. The transferable skills that you gain from the internship are also invaluable. I am noticeably more confident in other aspects of my life and find it easier to plan and time-manage.
Teach Physics intern 2022

If your school is interested in hosting an intern, please visit the Teach Physics web page where you can find out more information and can download our Teach Physics leaflet for schools (2022) which gives a useful overview of the programme and its requirements.

The Ogden Trust offers an educational grant to the host school, including £100 per intern towards the science department and to cover Disclosure and Barring Service checks, and the interns receive a training grant based on £300 per completed week.

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