25 teachers from across the Midlands met at our Teaching School for a day of training in GCSE Physics. The session was led by three coaches from the Institute of Physics and comprised lectures combined with plenty of hands-on experiments. It was the second in a series of training that is designed to strengthen teachers’ subject knowledge and allow them to experiment with a range of technical equipment.
After the session Lauren Ellis from Lodge Park said: ‘It was great. It was nice to get a perspective from people who have a lot of experience. The big thing is trying to get practical work into the classroom and being confident working with equipment that is perhaps unfamiliar so you gain confidence. I am definitely going to bring some of the stuff I have learned here into the classroom. It is really good to meet all the other teachers, share ideas and find out what other schools are doing.’
Violet Lewis from the Ferrers School said: ‘It was good to see the different equipment that you can explain forces with and some of the misconceptions that children and even us as teachers might have. It helped me to correct some things with my thinking and having that increased awareness of resources that you could use was helpful.’
Teaching and Learning coach Peter Tiktin said: ‘The teachers joined in extremely well and were appreciative and attentive. They all got stuck in with the experiments and there was a real buzz all day. It has been an extremely valuable experience and we have had lots of very positive comments.’
A third free training session for teachers will take place in June on the topic of electricity. Further details, including how to apply, will be posted nearer the time on our Teaching School website.