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Partnership CPD

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.

We have online resources and ‘how to’ guides that are freely available on our resources page.

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.
  • Partnerships in years two to four can register teachers for our blended learning course which has been developed in partnership with the Open University and the IOP. Teaching Forces is the first in a series of courses that aim to support teachers to develop their subject knowledge and pedagogical approaches for teaching physics. This course is divided into eight sections, spread over eight weeks of blended learning and focuses on teaching forces at Key Stage 3 level and 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.

Our CPD journey pdf provides a useful overview of our CPD provision and is available here for download.

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