Teach Physics

Applications are now open for summer 2021. We are hoping we will be able to have interns in schools; however, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect these plans.

“This internship has absolutely convinced me to do my PGCE after my degree. I've loved every minute of it and would go so far as to say it has been life-changing."
Teach Physics intern 2019

Each year, The Ogden Trust offers Teach Physics internships for university students. These internships provide an intensive experience of what teaching physics is like; an important prerequisite for obtaining a PGCE place or other funded route into teaching. Find out more.

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 university undergraduate students 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 and are usually for four or five weeks.

The internships are hosted at state schools across England with a reputation for strong physics teaching and a link with The Ogden Trust.

If your school is interested in hosting an intern, please click here for more information or contact our Programme Officer.

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. They are required to submit a short reflective report at the end of their placement, and to hold a workshop for pupils on applying for university.

Information pack for host schools.

Register to host an intern.

You can learn more about the internships by reading the reflective reports from previous placements.

Read more about Teach Physics in our recent report (October 2020), which summarises some of the key programme outcomes.

Applications for 2021 are now open.

Successful applicants will have an interview arranged with a potential host school from 7 March 2021, to enable them to begin their placements (having received their DBS clearance) in June 2021.

Sometimes, interns undertake additional projects, as illustrated by this film from 2017 interns, Lucas Rushton and Calvin Browne.

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