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Teach Physics 2024

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

Published: 7 December 2023

“To any undergraduates thinking about applying for a Teach Physics internship, I would say – go for it! The internships provide a space for you to discover if teaching is for you. It is not forcing you to become a teacher, but it is encouraging you to give it a go; you might, like me, find you really enjoy it.

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

Applications are now open for the 2024 Teach Physics programme, which 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 closed. All applications need to be made online and should be submitted before midnight on Monday 5 February.

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The Teach Physics internship programme provides undergraduate physics and engineering students with an intensive, immersive experience of teaching physics – allowing them to plan and deliver lessons, develop resources and take a full and active part in school life. The four- to five-week funded (interns receive an educational grant of £300 per week) placements in school science departments provide valuable insight and experience to anyone thinking about going in to teaching. 

“I am really happy that I applied for this internship. Being able to help students understand physics, explaining to them why I am so passionate about this subject, and encouraging them to enjoy physics was a great opportunity for me to realise that this was something I wanted to pursue in my life. Not only did this internship help me make a better decision about my future, but it also helped me become a more confident person. I loved sharing my knowledge with students and conducting university workshops where I had the chance to inspire students to pursue their future goals.” 
Teach Physics intern 2023

“In 2023, 32 interns completed Teach Physics placements at 25 schools around England and we are excited to open applications for Teach Physics 2024, 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 excellent 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.” 

The Teach Physics experience 

Aston Dawsmith was a Teach Physics intern in 2016. He is now a physics teacher at Alexandra Park School (APS), mentoring their annual intake of Teach Physics interns. He has shared his thoughts and experience with us and tells schools and undergraduates to go for it 

“I carried out my Ogden Teach physics placement in 2016 at a school in Watford. The placement gave me the opportunity to see first-hand what it was like to work as a teacher in a school. I was given opportunities to take lessons and go out on school trips, and the internship definitely had a positive influence on my decision to go on and become a teacher.  

“To any undergraduates thinking about applying for a Teach Physics internship, I would say go for it! The internships provide a space for you to discover if teaching is for you. It is not forcing you to become a teacher, but it is encouraging you to give it a go; you might, like me, find you really enjoy it.  

I have been a mentor of Ogden interns for the past three years now and have loved every minute of it. At times, I find myself reflecting on my own internship, thinking about how far I have come as a teacher and how I can ensure that the interns I now mentor have the same amazing experience that I did.  

“I know what it is like to be in their shoes, coming to a school environment no longer as a student but as a member of the staff. As a mentor, I now see the importance of giving interns the whole teacher experience and not just a snapshot – a lot of the interns don’t realise the full extent of what a teacher does!

“The interns also give us insight and perspective – having been more recently in education they provide a different outlook on topics and can provide valuable ideas about how to overcome barriers and challenges in the classroom. They help in and out of lessons with the development of resources and give our Year 12 students an opportunity to talk to someone more similar in age to them about the UCAS process and what university is like.

“One of our interns from two years ago has now completed teacher training – they did their teaching placement at APS and have now been employed by our school as a full-time physics teacher. Another of the students I mentored has also taken a job teaching physics in another state school.

“So, my message to schools thinking about taking on an Ogden Teach Physics intern would also be – go for it! This is an amazing opportunity for both your school and the interns who will come to you. There are not many opportunities to encourage people into teaching and this is by far the best I have come across. You and the interns will get so much out of the programme.

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Applications for 2024 are now closed. All applications need to be made online and should be submitted before midnight on Monday 5 February.


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