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Teacher Subject Specialism Training: Physics

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST): Physics

Delivered by schools, and approved and funded by the Department for Education, TSST programmes are free to participants and ours takes place throughout the course of the year.

Physics TSST Courses aim to improve the physics subject knowledge of:

  • Established teachers who are new to teaching physics
  • NQTs that do not have a specialism in Physics
  • Teachers returning to teaching physics

They are designed to enable non-specialists either to take on physics teaching as an additional specialism or to retrain as a physics specialist teacher. In addition, they can support teachers who wish to return to the profession after a period away from the classroom.

Now in its third year of delivering this course, Northern Lights TSA is delighted to continue to offer this opportunity to participants as a series whole day and afternoon sessions. This year it will be hosted at John Smeaton Academy in Leeds, with participants are being guided through a sequence of lessons led by leading Educational Consultant and former Head of Science, Andrea Mapplebeck.

This course has been community approved by the Institute of Physics and exceeds the minimum specification outlined by the National College of Teaching and Learning. We have worked with our partners at Sheffield Hallam University to design this engaging course. In addition, with over 10 years experience as part of the Science Learning Partnership we will use the Impact Toolkit throughout the course to ensure maximum benefit for you, your pupils and your school. We will also support you in completing the Nationally Accredited STEM educators scheme through this course.

For more information on this scheme please click here: www.stem.org.uk/stem-educators


Course Facilitator Profile 

Name: Andrea Mapplebeck AndreaMapplebeck
Designation: Education Consultant
Designated Specialism: Pedagogical Teaching – Practical Science – Physics teaching for specialists and non-specialists
Phase: Secondary

An experienced teacher and leader, as well as a career history that includes the co-Head of the National Science Learning Programme, Andrea brings enthusiasm and a wealth of practical ideas to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment. She has worked with a wide range of organisations on a variety of issues that affect secondary and primary education, not only in science but whole school and in the wider education context. She has a wealth of experience designing and facilitating a broad range of flexible CPD experiences across the UK and originating innovative and creative curricula based on a sound evidence base including data and research done as part of her PhD, which is in the field of Assessment for Learning.
In her fourth year of leading the TSST Physics programme for Northern Lights SLP, Andrea’s success lies in supporting all participants to become the best that they can be; to successfully and promote Physics at both Key Stage 3 and GCSE – bringing a sense of fun and engagement, curiosity and academic rigour!