School Partnerships

The School Partnerships programme offers funding and support to groups of schools that are committed to enhancing physics teaching and learning.

Aims of the School Partnerships programme

  • Support physics teaching - through subject specific CPD and supporting schools to improve retention.
  • Support students to develop physics identity – through collaborative partnerships, enrichment and enhancement activities, working with families and career awareness.

In secondary education we aim to:

  • increase the number of students taking physics at GSCE, A-level and at university, particularly for under-privileged and under-represented students
  • support teachers of physics, particularly for those without a subject specialism and those teaching in state schools in remote rural areas, or areas of social deprivation.

In primary education we aim to:

  • raise the profile of science in the primary curriculum, with the emphasis on physical processes
  • enhance teachers’ confidence in the planning, delivery and assessment of primary science (physical processes)
  • support science subject leaders in creating a sustainable network.

A partnership can apply for funding to support events, activities, trips and training. Examples of these include:

  • trips to local museums or places of interest
  • careers events
  • visits to lectures
  • extra-curricular physics or astronomy clubs
  • physics fairs or competitions
  • shows and talks hosted at the school
  • family and community science days
  • visits to universities

In addition to this, primary schools can apply to have a Phiz Lab.

Case Studies

South Devon & Torbay Partnership

South Devon & Torbay Partnership

11 January 2018

​The partnership enables students to experience stimulating and innovative physics-based activities

Bidford Primary Partnership

Bidford Primary Partnership

9 January 2018

The Bidford Primary Partnership was the first primary partnership for The Ogden Trust

Since 2013, the secondary School Partnerships programme has involved 691 schools across England, reaching over 66,000 children at over 1,000 events. The primary programme has so far involved 383 schools. September 2017
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