Primary and secondary schools in the UK are able to apply to the Ogden school partnership programme and access funding to enhance physics teaching and learning. The funding is available to groups of schools working together to promote physics both with primary and secondary education. Partnerships of schools can apply for funding to support events, activities, trips and training.
The aims are to:
- Support physics teaching – through subject specific CPD and supporting schools to improve retention.
- Support students to develop physics identity – through collaborative partnerships, enrichment and enhancement activities, working with families and career awareness.
In secondary education the Trust aims to:
- Increase the number of students taking physics at GSCE, A-level and at university, particularly for under-privileged and under-represented students.
- Support teachers of physics, particularly for those without a subject specialism and those teaching in state schools in remote rural areas, or areas of social deprivation.
In primary education the Trust aims to:
- Raise the profile of science in the primary curriculum, with the emphasis on physical processes
- Enhance teachers’ confidence in the planning, delivery and assessment of primary science (physical processes)
- Support science subject leaders in creating a sustainable network.
Schools Partnerships can apply for funding to support events, activities, trips and training, for example:
- Trips to local museums or places of interest
- Careers events
- Visits to lectures and universities
- Extra-curricular physics or astronomy clubs, physics fairs or competitions
- Shows and talks hosted at the school
- Family and community science days
Schools that want to set up a new school partnership will need to register for the Ogden Trust’s grant management system and complete the Expression of Interest form. To be considered for the next academic year this will need to completed before 1st February each year. Partnerships can be a mix of maintained schools, academies, free schools and independent schools.
The Ogden Trust aims to launch a new partnership in each region at the beginning of the academic year.