Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

Late applications welcome for online programme running from late September-December – see below.

Free CPD for Newly Qualified or Recently Qualified Teachers of Physics

We have delayed this course until the summer term – please look out for the details

Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) – on-line programme Autumn term 2020

FREE for teachers from the state sector

Target Audience: non-specialist and returning teachers of Physics.

Format: 12 sessions delivered on-line, supported by an online portal for sharing resources.

Aim: to improve the subject knowledge (including pedagogy) and increase the number of hours taught.

How to get involved: Click below for further details and to access the application form.

In the South West, Exeter Maths School is proud to run the Government’s proven professional development programme for non-specialist teachers.  Free of charge to all state school teachers, here’s your chance to enhance your subject knowledge, explore teaching strategies and develop confidence in challenging misconceptions and building understanding in students. Applications for a new on-line programme are now open.

Course Summary

This comprehensive course will provide guided lesson planning and mentor support, conducted entirely on-line. Participants will complete the course with the tools needed to sustain progress in their ongoing teaching. A broad range of topics will be covered, with each online live session lasting 90 minutes.Teachers will enhance their subject knowledge, explore teaching strategies and develop confidence in challenging misconceptions and building understanding in their students. Guided lesson planning and mentor support, along with online learning resources, will provide participants with the tools needed to sustain progress once the course is completed.

A range of topics will be covered including Electricity, Sound and Light, Space, Radioactivity, Forces, Heat Transfer, Electromagnetism and Applications of Physics. Starting with fundamental concepts and best practise in teaching at Key Stage 3; progressing to coverage of topics at Key Stage 4 and 5 with further practical emphasis.

There will also be time to reflect, evaluate and feedback between sessions to ensure that every individual’s needs are met.


This course is free of charge to participants from the state sector that have the support of their school and are committed to attending the full course.


The first two on-line sessions took place June with remaining sessions scheduled for the autumn term.  Please click the PDF below for the full schedule:

TSST Physics Autumn Dates 2020 updated 121020

How to Apply


Please note that applicants will need SLT approval to participate.

Data Protection

Exeter Mathematics School takes the protection of your information seriously and is fully committed to respecting the data privacy of all individuals.The information you provide on your application form will be used by the School, only in connection with the TSST programme and its subsequent administration.  For further information on how Exeter Mathematics School collects, uses, and stores your data or how you can request access to your data – please refer to the Data Protection section on our website:

PHYSMaths Conference

Target Audience: non-specialist, NQT and returning teachers of Physics but all teachers of Physics are welcome!

Format: FREE one day conference held at EMS, delegates select workshops, free lunch!

Aim: to provide on-going support and inspiration.

How to get involved: Details of our 2021 event will be shared as soon as possible.

Capacity: 40


Target Audience: specialist Physics teachers who are in their first or second year of teaching.

Format: 2 days of free face-to-face training in the spring term (dependent on the COVID-19 guidelines at the time).

Aim: to give confidence to NQTs/RQTs in teaching challenging topics and managing practical activities.

How to get involved: email to register your interest.

Capacity: 16

IOP School Support

Target Audience: Physics departments seeking to develop their practice.

Format: half-termly visits to your school (currently online) by an IOP coach to provide guidance, support and training. The focus depends on each school’s need but may include developing schemes of work, encouraging more girls into physics, managing practical resources, developing problem solving.

Aim: to support teachers to improve Physics education in the South West.

How to get involved: email to register your interest.

Capacity: 6 schools


NB. If you missed our previous #FridayPhysics sessions, you can catch up with the recordings via our Teaching Physics blog!

Target Audience: specialist Physics teachers seeking to develop their practice.

Format: weekly, online drop-in sessions with IOP school-based Physics Coach, Joe Rowing – delivered as part of the Stimulating Physics Network programme.

Aim: to support teachers to improve Physics education in the South West and beyond.

How to get involved: click on the relevant links below to book your place via the TalkPhysics website

Capacity: unlimited!

DateTopicSession OverviewTalkPhysics Booking Page
15th JanuaryFission and FusionSome tips and tricks for teaching about the physics powering our sun and the present and future of electricity generation in the UK.Coming soon!
29th JanuaryPOP! Simple Toys and TeachingIn this session we'll have a look at why it's so important to take physics outside the lab and how to do that cheaply!Coming soon!
12th FebruaryThe Methods of Science in the ClassroomUsing mystery boxes, moving cans and published research to model the process of science in the classroom.Coming soon!
5th MarchThe Gas LawsA follow-up to the gas laws section of the DOMAINS programme. We'll look at the gas laws, kinetic theory and PV diagrams and how to make it all stick!Coming soon!
19th MarchWoah! - The Physics of Viral VideosEvery viral toy or moment has a teaching element. In this session we'll look at a few examples of previous fads and their teachable physics with the aim of being prepared for the next one!Coming soon!
2nd AprilElectromagnetismCharge, magnets and EM waves - in this session we'll look at how the concepts tie together and form the backbone of a large quantity of physics teaching.Coming soon!
30th AprilGeogebra - a Step-by Step Introduction for Physics TeachersComing soon!
14th MayProjectiles & SuvatGeogebra is a great tool to model projectiles - in this session we will model a 2 dimensional acceleration and build up to making a simulation of our own!Coming soon!
Triangle mountains