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Teach Physics internships

Teach Physics internships provide four-week school placements for undergraduate students to give an intensive experience of teaching physics.

“I am really happy that I applied for this internship. Being able to help students understand physics, explaining to them why I am so passionate about this subject, and encouraging them to enjoy physics was a great opportunity for me to realise that this was something I wanted to pursue in my life. Not only did this internship help me make a better decision about my future, but it also helped me become a more confident person. I loved sharing my knowledge with students and conducting university workshops where I had the chance to inspire students to pursue their future goals.” 
Teach Physics intern 2023

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.

Applications for 2024 are now closed, but you can download our Teach Physics leaflet for further information.

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 and are open to physics and engineering students. 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.

You can learn more about the internships by reading the reflective reports from previous placements which are available as pdfs.

Hosting an intern

If your school is interested in hosting an intern, please email our Programme Officer. You can also download our Teach Physics leaflet for schools (2024) which gives a useful overview of the programme and its requirements. 

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.

You can download an information pack for host schools (2024) here which includes an overview of the programme and requirements.

If you host an intern at your school, the process is managed through our online grant management system. You can download our guide to this process here.

Our Teach Physics report (October 2020), summarises some of the key programme outcomes and can be downloaded from our publications and research page.

Reports and case studies

Learn more about the internship programme by reading the reports and case studies from previous interns.

Teach Physics: Frances Redihough

Frances completed a Teach Physics intern in 2016 and is now a teacher.

Read more about Frances

Aston Dawnsmith writing on the whiteboard.

Teach Physics: Aston Dawsmith

A Teach Physics internship helped prepared Aston for teaching.

Read more about Aston

Reflective reports

Read the reflective reports from a selection of the 2023 interns.

Read the reports from 2023

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