FREE Subject Specialism Training




Designed for teachers who are teaching Physics as a second subject and for those returning to teaching



Community enabled by the Institute of Physics


George Abbot Teaching School are delighted to be running our hugely successful Physics Teacher Subject Specialism Training again for the fifth year.


“Very useful and enjoyable!” (Participant A)


“ Practicals, resources, information slides about science misconceptions, general discussion and links to key stage in science curriculum from an extremely knowledgeable presenter.” (Participant B)

Aims of the course:

The purpose of TSST is to improve the subject knowledge of non-specialist and returning teachers in physics and to increase the number of hours taught in this subject. The training is therefore available to those who are already teaching, or have a firm intention to teach physics in a secondary school or sixth form college in the near future.

By the end of the course teachers will:


  • Gain a better understanding of how to teach physics concepts and strengthen subject pedagogy  and enhance the learning experience for students by maintaining  their interest in the subject
  • Explore the requirements of the recommended GCSE practical experiments and what the learning objectives are
  • Ensure student success by addressing common errors and misunderstandings
  • Use KS3 to introduce the key skills and get a head start on the GCSE

Programme Dates and Times TBC 

To register an interest, please contact Jackie Blackwood at George Abbot Teaching School or Tel:  01483 888047      

Venue address:          George Abbot Teaching School, Woodruff Avenue, Guildford, Surrey         GU1 1XX


Course Tutors:            Nigel Crawley MInstP CEng and Dr Michael Lewis MSc, PhD, QTS, PGCE

Nigel is a Member of the Institute of Physics (CEng) and is a well-established Science Leader.  In his current role as Regional Development Leader for the Science Learning Network/MyScience he supports the Surrey Science Learning Partnership, providing delivery and training of Science CPD. He has taught the new A level physics course and additionally works with secondary and primary schools on the development of schemes of work and resources and for the delivery of a high quality Physics curriculum.

Dr Mike Lewis completed his PhD at Surrey University before training as a teacher. He is currently teaching Physics in an outstanding school, where he has written schemes of work and taught the new specifications for both GCSE and A-level.