Early Career Teacher Support

The Ogden Trust provides support for early career teachers of physics from initial teacher training (ITT) to their fifth year of teaching post qualifying. The strand is designed to support early career teachers in their subject knowledge and pedagogical development.

Teaching core physics

Secondary teachers in their first or second year of teaching physics at any stage receive half termly coaching sessions in a local peer group. Each of these sessions focuses on a different area of physics and relevant teaching approaches and resources. These sessions can be used to provide additional subject-specific support to the Early Career Framework provision. The local peer group enables teachers to build a support network and share ideas across schools.

Applications for teaching core physics form 2021-22 are still open. Please click here to apply.

Developing physics specialism

Those teaching a significant physics timetable (usually including some triple science or A-level classes) in their third to fifth year of teaching receive individual mentoring. Teachers will agree goals with their mentor at the start of the year and work towards these with support from their mentor. They will also receive a funded place for a conference of their choosing and receive books relevant to their interests.

Applications for Developing physics specialism for 2021-22 are now closed. It will re-open in 2022.

Early career festival

All those taking part in the early career support will be invited to a fully-funded annual two day festival in August to network, share practice and develop their skills further.


It is expected that the majority of those applying will be able to take part but if programmes are oversubscribed, priority will be given to applications that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • applicant school’s free school meals % above national average (27%)
  • applicant school is Ofsted 3 or 4 rated
  • applicant teacher is lone physics specialist, or
  • applicant teacher is a non-physics specialist teaching post-16 physics and employed as a physics teacher.

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