We are delighted to be working with key national Physics professionals to produce a course that is highly relevant and up to date. The course is being developed by outstanding practitioners from Bolton and Headington Schools, led by Philip Britton, Head of Bolton School Boys Division and former Head of the Institute of Physics Education Board.

Because this SCITT is specialised, we are able to offer a considerably enhanced specialist training programme:

  • 14.5 days of subject knowledge and pedagogy
  • 14.5 days of professional study
  • 3 days primary school placement
  • 5 days alternative provision placement

Course information

A national, three-day residential pre-induction course will be held immediately prior to the start of the new academic year to set the expectation of the training year and to allow you forge bonds with other trainees. The majority of time will be spent in the main placement school, with a six week second placement in a contrasting school. Main placement schools are in both the State and Independent sector The six week placement will be arranged in consultation with trainees and the main placement school. Shorter placements will ensure that trainees gain exposure to the full range of English teaching organisations: state comprehensive and selective schools; independent, primary and special schools; and pupil referral units.

Trainees experience teaching across all key stages, including Sixth Form. The NMAPS Physics programme allows trainee teachers to develop an understanding of their pupils, the education system in England today and to experience first-hand collaboration between the state and independent sectors. Subject knowledge and Professional studies training will be delivered by tutors who have been chosen because of the high quality of their own teaching practice, experience and impact.

Trainees will be individually supported by a high quality mentor from their placement school who they will meet weekly to discuss progress and offer support. Trainees on this programme will be afforded far greater opportunities than many peers on other PGCE programmes. The programme provides regular professional networking and social opportunities, based in English cities including London, throughout the PGCE training year and beyond. Links with leading universities and key professional associations. We are delighted to announce that the Institute of Physics will be inviting NMAPS Physics trainees to join their Scholars at a series of Master Classes during their training year, providing an additional element of professional development and networking. During the spring term we would expect all our trainees to be making good progress towards the Teachers’ Standards and be on track to achieve QTS. On successful completion of the training year, trainees are awarded a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) by Buckingham University, England’s only independent university and top in three National rankings.