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Working in partnership

Published: 4 January 2021

The Trust is now inviting applications for new partnerships starting in September 2021. The deadline to submit your expression of interest is 1 February. Visit our partnership pages to find out more. 

The Ogden School Partnerships programme offers five years of funding, support, opportunities and teacher CPD to schools that are committed to working together to enhance physics teaching and learning.

Teacher CPD and raising students’ science capital and career aspirations are at the heart of our school partnerships programme; partnership funding for enrichment and extra-curricular activities adds another dimension to the teaching and learning of physics, encouraging learners to take physics further.

Having taught for over 12 years, I look forward to organising events with the Leeds Harrogate partners and anticipate our partnership meetings as a motivational moment in my teaching year. The partnership schools and The Ogden Trust are definitely sources of inspiration to bring sparks in the routine teaching days

You can read the full Leeds Harrogate Partnership case study here.

“We hope that the partnership programme helps to increase the number of students going on to take physics at GCSE, A-level and at university, as well as thinking about how physics can contribute to career aspirations,” explains Wendy Cox, Head of School Partnerships.

“The additional support and opportunities available to physics teachers (and technicians) in partnership schools can enhance their subject knowledge and career development, contributing to job satisfaction and teacher retention.”

Students enjoy STEM activities at school - spaghetti bridge building challenge.

Five years of funding

A partnership can apply for up to £2,500 per academic year for the first three years and up to £1,000 in the fourth year for partnership activities to enhance the teaching and learning of physics. A further grant of up to £250 is available as partnerships move into their legacy phase.

In the first year, partnership co-ordinators are awarded an Ogden fellowship – a time buy-out giving them half a day a week to build relationships across the cluster and establish the partnership.

Teachers at partnership schools can also access CPD from Early Years Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 3. Building on the success of the Ogden primary CPD programme, the Trust is currently piloting a Key Stage 3 CPD scheme for non-specialist physics teachers in partnership schools. The programme includes three twilight workshops covering transition, diagnosing misconceptions and purposeful practical physics. It has been designed to support and enable non-specialist teachers – committed, confident teachers, delivering hands-on, inspiring physics can only enhance the learning experience of pupils.

We strongly believe that the scientist who is going to solve the world’s current problems – such as climate change or plastic pollution – is currently sat in one of our partnership schools. It is our responsibility as teachers to engage and inspire them to be able to solve scientific problems, giving them the passion and love to go further into the subject. It is so pleasing to look at the impact the partnership has had on the children we teach. I can’t wait to develop it further!

You can read the full Halton Partnership case study here.

Learn more about forming a partnership and how to apply

Partnerships normally comprise four to ten schools and can be a mix of maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools, across the primary and secondary sector.

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.

Empowering the teachers in our partnership has been at the heart of our first year, up-skilling teachers and increasing their confidence in delivering high-quality, hands-on physics to create a positive cascade throughout our schools

You can read the full Blyth Partnership case study here.

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