SSERC / IOP online summer school NS229

A two day, online course for teachers incorporating practical sessions, lectures on relativity, curved space, pedagogical techniques as well as input from university undergraduates.


This online event aims to offer opportunities that will support the delivery of National 4/5, Higher and Advanced Higher Physics. Delegates will be sent science equipment which will be used in the online practical sessions. Delivered over a two-day programme, we plan presentations from lecturers, IOP members, undergraduates, practising teachers as well as practical sessions by sserc staff. 

To apply for this course please contact SSERC directly ( who will forward you the necessary information. Shortly after the published closing date for applications the Administration Team at SSERC will send to successful applicants:

  • confirmation of an offer of a place on the course together with details on enrolment procedures
  • information on ENTHUSE funding and how to apply for such a subsidy
  • a set of terms and conditions which you must meet in order to qualify for an ENTHUSE subsidy

If you are a supply teacher you may still qualify for an ENTHUSE subsidy; please contact SSERC to establish your eligibility

Who is it for?

Fully registered physics teachers. Probationery physics teachers. 

What topics are covered?

Support for various aspects of BGE, N4, N5, Higher and Advanced Higher Physics.  Hands-on practical activities using a kit sent to participants to investigate  Projectiles, BeeSpiV, resistivity, Wheatstone bridges ,internal resistance, solar cells and smat carts. Talks on Relativity, Black Holes and Postgraduate Research and  Pedagogical Strategies – Tools for teaching Science.

How will you learn?


How long is this course?

2 days, Total 10 hours

Course Leaders

Norman Bethune


Participants will be able to
  • develop strategies for making the teaching of N5 and post-16 physics more engaging, inspiring and up to date
  • explore new creative approaches to practical work in N5 and post-16 physics, including N5 assignments
  • describe and model developments in some key areas of contemporary physics relevant to N5 and post-16 learners
  • Have a wider range of pedagogical strategies to engage and interest students in physics
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