Physics for non-specialists NY201 / E22

Start date
22 Jun 23
4 Days
Bury St Edmunds County Upper School, Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds IP32 6RF View on Google Map


For those teaching physics across ages 11-16 for the first time and want to understand the misconceptions students have and how to address them.  Aimed at biologists and chemists who wish to develop their physics knowledge, we will focus on subject knowledge enhancement on all the topics across the age range.
Led by Alan Denton, we will focus on the key principals needed to teach physics effectively through the use of stimulating practical activities and demonstrations.  We will also look at cutting edge research that will link the learning to students' everyday lives and look at scaffolding the learning to help demonstrate progress.
Please note that each residential period will be delivered at a different venue.

22nd-23rd June: County Upper School, Bury St Edmunds

4th-5th July: Northstowe Secondary College, Northstowe


This is a locally delivered course and therefore the travel subsidy is not applicable. However, a subsidy of £1,600 is available for teachers from priority schools. Enter your school to check eligibility.


Who is it for?

NQTs, RQTs as well as biology and chemistry specialists 

What topics are covered?

During the course we will cover:
  • What they learn at primary - where are they coming from?
  • Energy - Stores, pathways and misconceptions
  • Forces - Force diagrams, Newton's Laws, formulae
  • Motion - Everyday contexts, calculations, graphs
  • Electricity - Basic circuits, static, practical work and electromagetism
  • Waves - Electromagnetic spectrum, uses, calculations
  • Radioactivity - Nuclear decay, safe handling and managing, graphs
  • Required practical - practice at required practical work and adding context to this
  • Exam tips and maths skills - learn from a maths expert how to help students in exams
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face 

How long is this course?

This is a 4 day course

Who is the course leader?


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • teach physics confidently by effectively using a range of teaching strategies to assess students’ prior understanding, counter misconceptions and move learning forward
  • describe developments in physics and how it relates to the topics that are being taught making the science more relevant to learners
  • evaluate the impact of a change within your teaching


Physics for non-specialists - day 122 June 202309:00-16:00Bury St Edmunds County Upper School
Physics for non-specialists - day 223 June 202309:00-16:00Bury St Edmunds County Upper School
Physics for non-specialists - day 304 July 202309:00-16:00Bury St Edmunds County Upper School
Physics for non-specialists - day 405 July 202309:00-16:00Bury St Edmunds County Upper School



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