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Early career teacher support

Early career teacher support centres around subject knowledge and pedagogical development for teachers from initial teacher training to their fifth year of teaching post qualifying.

The Ogden Trust provides personal support for teachers during their early career from their initial teacher training to their fifth year of teaching post qualifying. The support is focused on secondary teachers who teach physics at any key stage and is designed to support early career teachers in their subject knowledge and pedagogical development.

Teachers in their first or second year of teaching can take part in our Teaching Core Physics programme which offers half termly coaching in local peer groups and is suitable for any teacher teaching physics in secondary.

In their third to fifth year of teaching, teachers with a substantial proportion of physics in their timetables (usually in triple science or A-level) can receive individual mentoring and professional development support through the Developing Physics Specialism programme.

All teachers on the early career programmes will be invited to a two-day festival in August each year to network and develop their teaching.

Initial teacher training and subject knowledge enhancement

In association with The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), we offer free online physics teaching courses to support those currently training to be secondary science teachers. Drawing on the best research evidence and the experiences of expert physics teachers, we address some of the challenges that students can face when learning physics and provide suggestions for how this can be addressed by teachers in the  classroom.

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.

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.


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.

Applications for Teaching Core Physics and Developing Physics Specialism will open during the summer term 2022.

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