Standard 3

Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

We have put together a series of resources, research documents, CPD and literature to support you as a teacher in meeting Standard three of the Department of Education's Teachers' Standards.


These cover:

  • have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain pupils’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings
  • ​demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship
  • demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject 

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Maths in science 

Literacy in science 

  • Developing Writing in Science

    Strategies for developing explanatory, argumentative and descriptive writing skills.

  • Enhancing literacy in triple science

    Work through these resources to develop practice and then evaluate the impact on student progress.

  • Language frames

    For students who need help in developing the sort of explanations or descriptions needed at GCSE - template included.

  • Scientific Writing

    Guidance and activities, including keywords, concept maps, explanatory sentences, writing conclusions, using placemats and using contemporary science.

  • Strengthening literacy

    Teaching strategies for analysing command words in exams, developing the use of talk, reading and writing skills.



  • IOP – Supporting Physics Teaching

    One of the best physics resources available, with detailed explanations of the physics and a section on student misconceptions and the challenges when teaching each topic.

  • Physics Demonstrations

    Find out how to set the equipment up and how to explain what’s happening to students.  Perfect for non-specialists.

  • Talkphysics

    An excellent place to ask your physics questions, or look up ways of doing things. You have to register to join in, but everything is free.



  • Biotutor

    Worth joining to hear about good practice in biology teaching, new ideas, resources. A good place to ask your biology questions.


    100 resources covering all aspects of post 16 genetics and genomics.


    Innovative and reliable practical activities to engage students with biology, focusing on plant science.