Education research

The Teacher Network offers support for education research for everyone, from those who are just getting started to those who wish to take it further through qualifications. Teachers taking part in education research activities are able to take part in our termly face-to-face research group meetings for further support.

Practice-based enquiry

Teachers can get an introduction to research-based practice through our year long practice-based enquiry. Starting with a two day introduction to education research, teachers are supported to develop a question about their practice. They will be guided by a mentor to design a method to assess this in their classroom and analyse the results.

Masters and doctoral scholarships

Members of the Ogden Trust Teacher Network may apply for scholarships of 50% of fees for part-time masters courses and doctoral level study relating to the teaching and learning of physics. Scholarships can be applied for before or after you have a place confirmed on your chosen course.


The following criteria apply to scholarships for both masters and doctoral level courses:

  • Applicants must be practising teachers who intend to continue teaching throughout and after their study.
  • The course must be part-time to enable applicants to continue teaching alongside their study.
  • The study must relate directly to the teaching and learning of physics (which includes the training and professional development of teachers of physics).

Priority will be given to those teaching in the maintained sector.

Masters courses

Teachers may apply for any masters course where there is a significant component relating to the teaching and learning of physics. This may be the result of your choice of assignments rather than any taught component of the course. You will be asked to explain the link to physics education as part of your application.

There are a number of courses which may be of particular interest to our members, although any masters course is eligible:

You may consider pure education or research masters but to apply for a scholarship you must focus on physics-related topics.

Note that courses have different amounts of teaching, self-directed study and research projects involved and you should read the information carefully to decide the right type of course for you.

Doctoral courses

Teachers may apply for a scholarship for a part-time PhD or EdD course. These two qualifications have different formats, as the EdD is a professional doctorate and is usually set up with more taught time during the first year and a number of different projects related to your work, rather than a single thesis. The main study project for the course should be directly related to an aspect of the teaching and learning of physics. Priority will be given to projects which closely match the Ogden Trust's strategy. If you are considering applying for a doctorate, please do contact us before applying for the scholarship.

Scholarships for doctoral study include a small travel allowance towards participating in relevant conferences.

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