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) £200 equipment grant to successful participants for new equipment or teaching resources
  • 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.

Apply here

Please be aware that we are no longer recruiting 2017-18 for our Physics TSST course that started in September 2017. At this time the Department of Education have not informed us whether the TSST program is going to continue beyond this year – we will update this page when we know.

To register an interest in future courses, please complete this Physics TSST short form.



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 (2016-17) 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?

(Ongoing course 2017-18)

Starting in October 2017, 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 2018, 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 and a ‘Confirmation of enrolment’ that will need to signed by your HOD and a member of your School SLT.

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