Investing in teachers is key to maintaining high-quality physics education, and inspiring and engaging students of all ages. Partnerships can access CPD from EYFS through to KS3.
The Ogden Trust aims to support recruitment, training and retention of teachers in both primary and secondary education through its CPD programme. Schools in an Ogden partnership have access to Ogden CPD programmes, blended learning which is delivered in partnership with the Open University and IOP, and the Primary Physics Professional Learning course (P3L), which is delivered through CPD conference days hosted nationally by independent schools to introduce the Ogden CPD modules.
Ogden early years CPD
In their first year, each Ogden partnership (which includes primary schools) is entitled to the Early Years CPD session Science Talk to support communication and language through understanding the world.
Science Talk is an easy to use teaching resource for primary science, which includes 39 activity cards with a step-by-step activity guide and a list of resources, key questions and relevant early learning goals. A teacher support pack includes an overview to key concepts, measuring impact and a risk assessment sheet. The Science Talk cards have been designed to support pupils develop confidence and curiosity, alongside practical applications for monitoring impact and progression.
Ogden primary CPD
Phizzi CPD is available to all Ogden partnerships which include primary schools. The training covers the four main areas of the physics curriculum in Key Stage 2 on a four-year cycle. It addresses common misconceptions and provides a comprehensive teacher guide of 10 investigations to support scientific enquiry. A resource box worth £250, linked to the investigations, is also included for each participating school to encourage ongoing practical science.
Our primary science CPD programme is designed to:
- increase confidence in tackling practical science
- improve subject knowledge
- support teachers in identifying and tackling pupil misconceptions.
Ogden secondary CPD
A range of CPD is available to secondary schools in Ogden partnerships, designed to meet varying requirements of NQTs, RQTs and non-specialist teachers of physics.
- Partnerships in their first year can apply to take part in our KS3 physics CPD programme for non-specialist teachers which focuses on the key physics concepts and pedagogical approaches. Termly-twilight CPD sessions cover the topics of forces, waves and electricity to ensure progression in KS3 physics.
- Non specialist physics Teachers can also register for our Subject Knowledge for Physics Teaching (SKPT) course. Six modules are available over the course of an academic year, and teacher selects the modules they need to build their teaching knowledge. The course is delivered through face-to-face sessions, online tutorials and independent learning. SKPT is ideal for non-specialist teachers.
Teachers of physics within our partnerships can find further support and professional development opportunities in our Teacher Network including support for early career teachers of physics from initial teacher training (ITT) to their fifth year of teaching post qualifying.
- RQTs and NQTs can join a programme of coaching and mentoring, which comprises six half-termly sessions delivered to small peer groups by regional mentors; each session includes a topic-based element covering misconceptions, challenges and classroom suggestions.
- Teachers in their third to fifth year of teaching who wish to develop a physics specialism can apply for individual mentoring. Teachers will agree goals with their mentor at the start of the year and work towards these with support from their mentor.
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