4.26 This deficit will be tackled by providing support to increase the number of
specialist teachers in physics, chemistry and mathematics and to improve the
skills of existing teachers. We need more specialist mathematics teachers in
primary schools and will encourage and support schools in developing this
specialism. We will support schools which offer students the chance to study GCSE
physics, chemistry and biology as separate subjects by exploring how
performance tables can reward this raising of aspirations. The teaching of A level
further mathematics will be supported by funding initiatives such as the further
mathematics support programme. We will also look at ways of supporting the
in-depth study of physics. Already other organisations, for example the Physics
Factory, are enabling more state school students to enjoy high-quality physics
teaching. And we will initiate two new competitions with prizes for the best
engineering projects from male and female students in state schools.
Course evaluations over the three days showed:
100% of teachers thought the training was very good
99% of students said they thought the lesson was either ‘good or very good’ with 65% saying it was ‘very good’
Many thanks to Chris Durkin and Jenny Davies from Hillcrest School for helping to plan and deliver the training! What a team!
Sheldon Heath Physics Factory hosted Dads and Sons Physics Fun this morning. 24 Dads and Sons came along for a morning of flight-related fun. After an introduction to the Forces of Flight, Dads and Sons competed to create the best paper planes then built and experimented with gliders before the grand finale in the school hall.
|Exploring Forces and Motion|
|The Physics of Flight explained|
|Engineers at work|
|Our paper plane design winners!|
The day has really helped me improve my IAA grade. It has been a real confidence boost! Student
A big thank you for a wonderful day at the Physics Factory. I enjoyed it, the girls enjoyed it, it was a wonderful learning experience! Jane Hesson, Selly Park Technology College.
Lordswood Girls group,11Sc1 had their final Physics Factory today. The Yr 11 group have been attending the Physics Factory for all their GCSE Physics lessons since Yr10. They have been taught EDEXCEL P1 and P2 units.
Thanks for all your help! You’ve made me really like Physics! Niamh Smyth, Lordswood Girls.