IOP DOMAINS is an online CPD programme from the Institute of Physics, developed and delivered by experienced physics teachers and coaches, and offering tailored content to meet the needs of a wide range of teachers.
What are the IOP Domains?
The Institute of Physics has a fantastic website, IOPSpark, on which you can find our huge collection of physics education resources. These resources have been curated into seven domains:
- Earth and Space
- Electricity and Magnetism
- Energy and Thermal Physics
- Forces and Motion
- Light, Sound and Waves
- Properties of Matter
- Quantum and Nuclear
These resources are designed for all teachers of science and cover the full secondary age range of 11-18.
Who is this programme for?
All teachers of science will find something for them here. Whether you’re a physics teacher or a biology/chemistry teacher teaching some physics, there will be sessions suitable for you. We will also be running sessions for teachers in the earlier stages of their careers (including trainees) as well as for more experienced or confident teachers of physics.
How will this CPD programme operate?
Have a look at the week by week cycle below. Each half term will focus on two or more of the domains with CPD sessions available online, supported by CPD videos available on our resources website IOPSpark.
Week by week cycle 2021/2022
|w/c 20 September ||Forces|
|w/c 27 September||Forces|
|w/c 4 October||Forces|
|w/c 11 October||Electricity|
|w/c 18 October||Electricity|
|w/c 1 November||Magnetism & Electromagnetism|
|w/c 8 November||Magnetism & Electromagnetism|
|w/c 15 November||Waves & EM Waves|
|w/c 22 November||Waves & EM Waves|
|w/c 29 November||Space|
|w/c 6 December||Space|
|w/c 10 January||Energy|
|w/c 17 January||Energy|
|w/c 24 January||Matter (atoms, pressure, heat)|
|w/c 31 January||Matter (atoms, pressure, heat)|
|w/c 7 February||Radioactivity|
|w/c 14 February||Radioactivity|
Can I attend the sessions for coaches?
We recognise that it is not just the IOP that is involved in coaching and developing physics teaching. We offer CPD sessions to share ideas and discuss best practice for colleagues involved in the development of teachers’ physics; this might be across a MAT, in a school, in a SCITT or in an HEI. Please contact the named person on the event listing to check on availability of places and also to see if these events are suitable for you.
How do I access this CPD?
CPD videos supporting each domain are available on our resources website IOPSpark. Links to these will be added to the main IOP DOMAINS event listing page, along with links to sessions; please click here. Events can also be found on the TalkPhysics events pages, labelled “IOP DOMAINS”.
To access the live CPD sessions you need to book a place on the event.
Is there any cost?
No, IOP CPD is free to users. All we ask is that anyone attending our CPD session completes an evaluation form. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like and you can request an attendance certificate for each session once you have completed the evaluation form.