Teach Physics

Applications will open Tuesday 1 December 2020 for summer 2021. We are hoping we will be able to have interns in schools; however, the COVID-19 pandemic may affect these plans. We will endeavour to keep everyone updated in case we need to cancel the scheme.

“I did a Teach Physics internship in 2017 and I loved it! It cemented my desire to teach physics at secondary school and I’d highly recommend this internship programme. When it came to designing and executing my own lessons I had a lot of independence but received incredible support when I needed it. I learned a lot from the feedback and discussions with teachers and it very much confirmed my desire to teach. All in all, I couldn’t imagine a better introduction to teaching.”
Max Bailey, Teach Physics intern 2017

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 (usually of four–five weeks' duration).

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 or contact our Programme Officer for more information.

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.

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 recent report (October 2020), which summarises some of the key programme outcomes.

Applications for 2021 will open in December.

Successful applicants will have an interview arranged with a potential host school from 8 March 2021, to enable them to begin their placements (having received their DBS clearance) in June 2021.


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