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17 January 2022 - 31 March 2022
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Since September 2021, the Institute of Physics (IOP) has been running a substantial Department for Education funded pilot programme for eligible teachers in English schools, helping them to develop the knowledge and skills to teach physics with confidence. 

Subject Knowledge for Physics Teaching (SKPT) is a blended-learning CPD course for science teachers within the English state sector who want to develop their physics subject knowledge and pedagogy. 

The IOP is now delighted to launch Phase 2 of the SKPT programme, which will start in January 2022 and will focus on the core areas of Electricity and Energy. This course is for teachers who want to develop their physics subject knowledge and pedagogy. Due to recent restrictions, SKPT will take place entirely online, with live, interactive CPD workshops and tutorials plus content that has been produced for asynchronous online learning. 


SKPT is free for eligible teachers. 


To be eligible for SKPT you must: 

  • have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a subject specialism not including physics; 
  • be teaching physics (modules/content) to Key Stage 3 and/or Key Stage 4 students in a state-maintained school in England; 
  • not be taking part in SKPT Phase 1. 

Applications will only be accepted from eligible teachers. 

Course outline 

Phase 2 of the IOP’s SKPT programme focuses on the core areas of Electricity and Energy. It will be delivered by the IOP during spring 2022. 

Participating teachers will be expected to attend online training sessions and to fully engage with asynchronous online learning delivered on the Open University’s OpenLearn Create platform. 

You will have a SKPT Tutor to support your development. 

When and where will the SKPT sessions take place? 

Participants must attend online workshops on electricity on either

  • Saturday 29 January 2022
  • Or two twilight sessions on Thursday 3 and Thursday 10 February 2022

In addition there are online tutorials will be twilight sessions on Monday 7 and Thursday 17 February.

Energy dates for the second half term will be confirmed soon.


Course completion and certification 

The IOP will send teachers a certificate on completion of each unit. To qualify as having completed a unit, participants will have: 

  • taken part in online workshops and tutorials; and  
  • fully engaged with tasks from the OpenLearn component of the course.  

There is an additional, optional opportunity to undertake IOP micro-accreditation for each unit. This will involve taking an online test which covers subject and pedagogical knowledge for that unit. This will be certificated separately at the end of the SKPT course. 

Financial support 

To facilitate attendance during the spring term, a ‘bursary’ is available of £200 per participant. On completion of both modules, including workshops, tutorials and asynchronous learning, schools will be invited to invoice the IOP for each successful participant. We expect schools to make a commitment to their teachers who participate in SKPT and use this bursary to support them in attending and completing the course (e.g. childcare). 


Apply now 

To complete the application form, you will need: 

  • your teacher reference number (previously also known as: QTS, GTC, DfE, DfES or DCSF number – further details about how to find this); 
  • the name and postcode of your school; 
  • the amount of physics on your current timetable; 
  • how long you have been teaching (and teaching physics); 
  • your QTS teaching specialism; and 
  • the name and email address of your headteacher or a member of the senior leadership team (SLT). 

Please ensure that your school is aware of (and supports) your application for this course. Your headteacher/SLT member or other designated signatory at your school will be asked to sign a brief Memorandum of Understanding with the IOP. 

Applications close on 14 January 2022. If you have any questions, please contact the SKPT team at [email protected]. 


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