Calling teachers with an engineering background

 

Calling teachers with an engineering background

The government hopes to increase the number of engineers entering teaching to help solve the chronic shortage of physics teachers but also to bring an engineer’s perspective into the classroom

We’re looking for established teachers of physics who have an engineering background (degree or workplace experience) to help with a new government initiative to tackle the shortage of physics teachers.

Last year, fewer than a quarter of the target number of trainee physics teachers, were recruited in England. So this year, the government has launched a teacher training course entitled Engineers Teach Physics, aimed specifically at engineers and materials scientists. Trainees can be either new graduates or career changers, and a pilot will begin in autumn this year.

The IOP has been part of a group of organisations advising the government about how this might work, alongside teacher training institutions and engineering bodies.

Louis Barson, IOP director of innovation said: “If we aspire to be a ‘science superpower’ and solve our greatest challenges, it is vital that we provide universal access to highquality physics education and training. This partnership with engineering could help tackle the physics teacher gap.”

Dr Rhys Morgan, director of education at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “We hope that this new programme aimed at engineering graduates will help to address long-term teacher shortages in physics. Engineers as teachers will also bring physics to life with real-world contexts and applications.”

Dr Rhys Morgan, director of education at the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “We hope that this new programme aimed at engineering graduates will help to address long-term teacher shortages in physics. Engineers as teachers will also bring physics to life with real-world contexts and applications.”

We’re looking for current physics teachers to mentor and support new trainees. If you’re happy to give your time, please contact [email protected].

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