Teacher Subject Specialism Training

Details of our Teacher Subject Specialism Training for Physics and Maths in 2016/2017 can be found here. All this training is FREE (refundable deposit charged to secure place) and we are also able to make a contribution towards the cost of cover to allow teachers to attend.


The teacher subject specialism training programme for Physics with consist of:

Five after school twilight sessions at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School (we will run these at different venues if there is sufficient demand), between 15:00 and 17:00 covering the following:

  • Thinking about forces and a maths audit – 7th November 2016
  • Tracking pupil progress and motion graphs – 10th January 2017
  • Supporting further physics for GCSE triple award : further mechanics and optics – 22nd February 2017
  • Supporting further physics for GCSE triple award: the motor effect, induction and transformers – 27th April 2017
  • Thermal Physics – 16th June 2017

Six CPD days:

The six days will be run two days at a time usually covering a Thursday and Friday between 09:30 and 16:30, with a contribution to cover costs available. They have been designed to fit in with the twilight sessions and provide the subject knowledge and practical activities required to teach KS4 Physics. The CPD days will be run at Simon Langton Girls Grammar School by Neil Adams, who has designed the course with Institute of Physics approval. The CPD day outline is as follows:

Day 1 Learning the language of physics -  introducing energy and electricity - 13th October 2016

  • Understanding energy transfer. IOP model of moving energy between stores. Efficiency, dissipation and 'useful' energy.
  • Common misconceptions in energy.
  • The problem of language in physics teaching.
  • Electricity: why do students find electricity difficult?
  • Introducing simple circuits at KS3.
  • What are voltage, current and resistance?
  • Modelling simple circuits.
  • Making measurements; series and parallel; effective use of practical work and simulations.

Day 2 Moving along – 14th October 2017

  • Forces and motion, scalar and vector quantities, speed and calculations.
  • Archimedes, introduction to levers and pressure.
  • Understanding waves
  • Experiments with light and sound.

Day 3 Newton, terminal velocity and momentum - 9th February 2017

  • Linear and non-linear motion, understanding rates of change
  • Newton's laws of motion
  • Acceleration due to gravity, mass and weight, terminal velocity, friction in solids and liquids
  • Momentum and impulse.
  • Building confidence with calculations.

CPD Day 4: Making the bulb light up - Electricity and electromagnetism – 10th February 2017

  • Static electricity and electric fields
  • Circuits at KS4. Ohm's law, resistance in series and parallel
  • The voltage/current characteristic
  • The potential divider, resistivity, electrical power
  • Magnetism - domain theory and basic electromagnets; field around a wire.
  • The motor effect and simple electromagnetic devices.
  • Generating electricity - Transformers and the national grid, ac and rectification/smoothing

CPD Day 5: Is it hot in here? - Energy transfers, thermal physics and gas laws – 29th June 2017

  • Electrical energy transfer and home appliances.
  • The joule, work done, potential energy.
  • Energy stored mechanically - springs and simple machines, gravitational potential and kinetic energy
  • Energy transferred as heat: conduction, convection, radiation and mass transfer - SHC and latent heat.
  • Heat transfer in gases; the gas laws, introduction to thermodynamics.

CPD Day 6: Waves and radiation - glowing in the dark - 30th June 2017

  • Ionising and non-ionising radiation
  • Sources of ionising radiation - penetration, range and ionising power
  • the inverse square law
  • Half-life, uses of isotopes
  • Introduction to medical physics
  • Nuclear power, fission and fusion, nuclear decay
  • Basic optics - optics diagrams, simple optical devices
  • Total internal reflection, communications technology

A day of observation and teaching in one of our partner schools:

We will help to arrange a day of teaching in one of our partner schools where participants will get to observe an experienced Physics teacher and have the opportunity to teach and be observed by an experienced teacher. This may be used as an opportunity to try out a new practical activity with a class.  


Participants will receive a  course completion certificate at the end giving details of all of the sessions they attended and approval (course community approved by the Institute of Physics)

Application details:

This training is free, it is funded by the government Teacher Subject Specialism Training programme. At the start of the training we will take a deposit of £175 (equivalent to the cost of one training day) from your school and this will be returned when the training is completed. We do this because places are limited and we need to ensure that they go to applicants who will fully engage with the programme so the funding is spent as effectively as possible. To be eligible to apply you should:

  • Have qualified teacher status and be currently teaching  OR
  • You should have qualified teacher status and have taught in the past and are returning from a career break
  • You should not already be a specialist physics teacher

To apply please download the application form and when completed, email it to mlee@langton.kent.sch.uk



The Maths programme will run from December to June. It consists of a launch morning followed by four morning sessions on pedagogy at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School alongside online subject knowledge development using Canterbury Christchurch University resources, and the MathsWatch website. Subject knowledge development will be supported by three twilight sessions at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School between 4pm and 6pm on 18th January, 8th March and 3rd May 2017.

The details of the sessions at SLGGS are as follows:

Friday 9th December 9:30 – 13:00

  • Launch day
  • Registration with CCCU to be completed ahead of this session
  • Initial audit of Maths knowledge and gap analysis to be completed
  • Familiarisation with online resources for subject knowledge development

Friday 3rd February 9:30 – 13:00

  • Multiple representations of Maths Session

Friday 24th March 9:30 – 13:00

  • Activities for Maths lessons

Friday 19th May 9:30 – 13:00

  • Planning a Maths lesson

Friday 9th June 9:30 – 13:00

  • Marking in Maths

Friday 16th June

  • Submission of all evidence online  or as a folder by this date

Course completion

Course completion will depend on exit audit showing improvement in Maths knowledge along with sufficient evidence of subject knowledge and pedagogy development.

On completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion from Canterbury Christchurch University and the option to complete further study to obtain masters credits.

To apply

There is no fee for this course; it is funded by the government Teacher Subject Specialism Training programme.

To be eligible to apply you must hold Qualified Teacher Status and are either currently teaching or have taught in the past and are returning from a career break. You should not already be a specialist Maths teacher.

Please apply as soon as possible by completing the application form below and emailing it to mlee@langton.kent.sch.uk



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