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A level SKE Physics HELP

Discussion in 'Science' started by JP777, Oct 6, 2015.


Do you know a short term SKE physics course?

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  1. JP777

    JP777 New commenter

    I am a science NQT teaching a level physics.

    Does anyone know of any short-term SKE training course I can attend either for a day or two or online?


  2. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    Please get in touch with the Institute of Physics. They will be able to help. Find out if your school is part of the Stimulating Physics Network, as you will get specific CPD for physics this way.

    If you are a physics specialist, you should have an IoP mentor in you area who can help.

    Otherwise, pm me - I can help you.
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  3. JP777

    JP777 New commenter


    Hello Fizzbobble,

    Thanks so much.

    I heard about the IoP. Thanks for that.

    In the meantime, I really appreciate any help I can get. How would you be able to help me?

    Key areas I am really weak on are:
    -A level converging lens, light bending.

    Do you know what the Physics Networking organisation can do?


  4. rachel_g41

    rachel_g41 Established commenter

    Hi JP

    I realise how overwhelming it must be to be having to teach stuff you feel a bit weak on. While you're looking/waiting for a real course, have a look at the TAP (Teaching Advanced Physics) part of the IOP site. It gives background subject knowledge and suggestions of practicals - it even gives lesson plans of a sort. I still use it often. You'll have to pick out the bits which match the spec you're teaching but there's some very helpful stuff there.


    And of course, if you still come up against things you're not clear on ask here. The forum is much quieter than it used to be but you're likely to get an answer sooner or later.

    And good luck, physics is easily the most fun of the three sciences to teach :)
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  5. Fizzbobble

    Fizzbobble Occasional commenter

    Like I said, pm me.

    SKE info is extremely easy to find: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

    I just googled 'physics SKE courses'. There aren't many left, and I'd be very wary of any online or SLC ones as they are not IoP ratified and aren't guaranteed to be led by a physicist.

    The TAP materials are very, very good, but they do assume a certain background knowledge of physics, and a competence with specialist physics kit.
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