The Institute of Physics - Capital Physics

Improving the teaching of, and consequently attainment in, A-level Physics.

Improving teaching and attainment in physics

Capital Physics established six networks of schools, each consisting of an ‘Advocate’ hub school and ten spoke ‘partner’ schools.  A coach worked with each network to lead bespoke physics CPD and maintain network relationships. Each network was also linked to a Higher Education Institution physics or engineering department based in London (or close by).

The evaluation of the project demonstrated an increase in grades at AS-level physics in 71% of the partner schools and an increase of 10% in AS to A2 progression rates. There was increased teacher confidence and understanding of the support needed for accessing A* and A grades in over 70% of teachers involved. There was also an increase in the subject knowledge of teachers

Before I became involved with the Capital Physics programme, I did not know other physics teachers unless they had been working at the same school as me. It’s been brilliant being part of a physics community in the local area.

 Capital Physics was awarded further funding through the Subject Knowledge Hubs programme.


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