Each year, The Ogden Trust offers Teach Physics internships for undergraduate students. These internships provide an intensive experience of what teaching physics is like; an important pre-requisite for obtaining a PGCE place or other funded route into teaching.
The objectives of the programme are:
- to increase the number of physics graduates going on to teacher training
- to increase the number of physics specialists teaching science in British state schools
Teach Physics internships are aimed at 2nd, 3rd and 4th year undergraduates who are considering a physics teaching career. They take place between the end of the university year and the end of the school summer term (usually of four–five weeks' duration).
The internships are hosted at state schools with a reputation for strong physics teaching and a link with The Ogden Trust.
Teach Physics internships are suitable for PhD students if they fit with their research schedules and they are welcome to apply. Alternatively, PhD students may be eligible for a Scientists in Schools placement, for which they must be nominated by an Ogden Outreach Officer.
The Ogden Trust makes a one-off administrative payment to the host school to cover Disclosure and Barring Service checks and other administration, and the interns receive a training grant based on £300 per completed week. They are required to keep a reflective diary for submission at the end of their placement, and to hold a pupil-centred physics careers workshop.
Sometimes Teach Physics interns undertake additional one-off projects, as illustrated by this film from 2017 interns, Lucas Rushton and Calvin Browne. You can learn more about the internships by reading the reflective diaries from previous placements.
Read more about Teach Physics in our Teach Physics@7 Review (November 2016), which showcases the programme and reports on its successes.
Applications for 2018 are now closed.