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

A 2-day course in the Spring term, click here for further 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

Whilst we are currently unable to offer face-to-face CPD,  we are delighted to share details of the online support available via the Institute of Physics (IOP).

Suitable for teachers and technicians, the CPD is being delivered nationally by IOP coaches and workshop presenters, including Joe Rowing, IOP school-based physics coach at Exeter Maths School.

For a full list of the online offering, please visit the events section of TalkPhysics,  where you will find details of how you can access the online webinars, tutorials and online CPD workshops:

In addition to the online CPD, the IOP have produced and collated a range of materials to support the remote teaching and learning of physics during a time when most students, teachers and technicians are at home. They consist of:

  1. advice and guidance for teachers on how to best use on​line tools to work with your students;
  2. recommended activities that you can do with your students whilst they are at home.

For further details, please visit:

Vectors & Scalars

Passionate Physics



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
18th SeptemberKS4 Forces & VectorsJoin us for lots of ideas for teaching forces and motion. We will be looking at force as a vector, discussing some techniques for re-arranging equations, and taking a quick look at different approaches to teaching the F = ma practical.Book here!
2nd OctoberKS3/4 ElectricityElectricity and electric circuits are often a difficult thing to teach - in this session we will have a look at the electrostatic interaction and how this informs the models we use at KS3 and 4Book here!
16th OctoberKS4 RadioactivityRadioactivity is like magic - Stuff transforming from one substance into another! In this session we will have a look at radioactivity and how you can experiment meaningfully without the resources!Book here!
6th NovemberKS4 WavesAn overview of the waves topic at KS4 - Reflection, Refraction, Diffraction and the E-M SpectrumBook here!
20th NovemberOptics & Ray DiagramsOptics and ray diagrams often cause difficulty - in this session we will be practicing ray diagrams and looking at a few ways to present them.Book here!
4th DecemberKS5 Exponential increase & decayThe mathematics of KS5 radioactivity and capacitors can be some of the most challenging in A-level. In this session we'll look at increase and decayBook here!
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