Backwell School Physics TSST

PHYSICS Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST)


  • Quality assured – IOP (Institute of Physics) enabled,  community approved course
  • School-led, bespoke training taking into account participants needs and starting points
  • Hands-on approach in well-equipped science laboratories, led by experienced NSTA Physics teachers and University of Bristol ITE lecturer
  • An opportunity to enhance your knowledge, giving you renewed confidence to enjoy teaching this challenging subject
  • The course is free. No financial costs to participants, plus funding to compensate school for teacher absence during half-day sessions (cover allowance)
  • Led by experienced teachers and lecturers who understand the demands of Secondary physics teaching with up-to date knowledge of the new GCSE and Ks3 National Curriculums in science
  • Teachers who successfully complete the course will be awarded a TSST certificate.

Register your interest here

We recommend that you register your interest in the course so we can keep in touch even if you are unsure about whether you or your school can commit to the course this year. We are now recruiting for a course that starts in October 2019.



Who should apply

Any science teacher who anticipates teaching physics during the next academic year

  • Science teachers wanting to develop or update their physics subject knowledge
    • The majority of past delegates have been teachers who have gained their teaching status, or have mainly taught either biology, chemistry or other scientific subjects. The course includes all of the latest content reflected in the new (2016 onwards) GCSE and National Curriculum for KS3.
  • Teachers who want to return to teaching in science and physics

What they said

Some comments from recent attendees of the course:

“Excellent resources and demonstrations. Trainer is brilliant!

“Course was very informative and it helped correct a few misconceptions that I myself had with regards to physics. The course also gave me new and interesting ways to engage my students.  The Physics Trainer’s input and delivery was fantastic. The range and depth of practicals has really enhanced my physics lessons and therefore the engagement of my students and their achievement. I can’t recommend highly enough.”

“Since starting my new job at a new school and becoming a physics teacher for KS4 Triple classes the course has been a big help. My normal subject is Biology. It has also been helpful to try out new practicals that I would have not wanted to try out in front of a class for the first time.”

“has been excellent at helping improve my subject knowledge”

“love to do more of these courses”

“I have felt more confident” and “the demonstrations & practical ideas have really helped my understanding”.

What's involved?

Starting in October 2019, there will be a number of afternoon and twilight training sessions at Backwell School, plus an additional day at the School of Education at the University of Bristol in 2020, giving a total of >35 hours of high quality hands-on training. The course is fully funded through the Department of Education, enabling us to provide payment to cover teacher absences when they attend the course and to provide an equipment to delegates at the end of the course.

This course will give the ideas, practical skills, knowledge base and above all confidence to teach even the most challenging concepts in Physics.The course includes all of the latest content reflected in the new (2016) GCSE and National Curriculum for KS3. The course is not limited to Ks4 physics. Supplemental Ks5 concepts or ideas can be covered upon request or when the experienced mentors judge that it will deepen understanding of a particular topic.

After expressing an interest in the course we will get in touch with full details, including provisional dates and a ‘Confirmation of enrolment’ that will need to signed by your HOD and a member of your School SLT.

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