Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST)

Applications now open for on-line programme beginning in June – further info 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!

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Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) – new on-line programme

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 will take place in June with remaining sessions scheduled for the autumn term.  Dates will be posted here asap.

How to Apply

Click here to access the application form.

Please note that applicants will need SLT approval to participate.  Click here to access the form.

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:

POSTPONED: PHYSMaths Conference – Tuesday 7th July 2020

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: 2020 details available soon – email: if you have any questions

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.

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 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:

Finally, Joe has been busy putting together short videos of some of his favourite curios (paired with explanations), that make great lessons starters or just puzzles for curious minds.

You can find the videos on his YouTube channel here:

Should you have any requests for a particular curio explanation, please do get in touch – Joe would love to hear from you!

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