Summer School for ECTs teaching A level: physics NY335 / A23

Start date
25 Jul 24
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us

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Starting out to teach A level for the first time can be daunting. This course will support you with developing your own understanding of key parts of the A level curriculum as well as how to support students in practical work.  You will benefit from both highly experienced A level teachers and ongoing support after the course, as well as chance to build a network of other teachers in the same position.

This course is complimented by NY255 Summer school for ECTs teaching 11-16 science which takes place in the same week and also has a separate subsidy attached. Free accommodation is available for the day in between these two courses if required.

This course may support you with Science Benchmark 3 - Effective teaching and learning in science

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Who is it for?

ECTs, trainee teachers or experienced teachers who are starting to teach A level physics

What topics are covered?

During the course we cover:
  • Required practical: within your specific subject we look at purposes of the practical, how to maximising learning and give hands on experience.
  • Misconceptions: identifying and combatting common misconceptions and how to prevent learners from slipping back into these ideas.
  • Subject knowledge: In your specialist science we look at areas where students struggle and aim to build your (and their) confidence.
  • Progression: We look at how to progress learning throughout the 2 years and link to the big picture of science.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered face to face with participant tasks to be looked at after the sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a two day intensive course 

Who is the course leader?

  • Louise Herbert

    I am secondary science professional development leader at the National STEM learning centre. I previously taught for over 20 years in


    Participants will be able to:
  • understand key misconceptions students may have within their subject
  • practice core practical skills required for A Level
  • identify ways to engage students with more challenging part of the A level course
  • access resources and support to help with their first teaching of A Level science 


Summer School for ECTs teaching A level: physics - Day 125 July 202411:00-19:00
Summer School for ECTs teaching A level: physics - Day 226 July 202409:00-16:00


This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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