Early career teaching CPD videos

CPD for 11-14 14-16 16-19 IOP RESOURCES

The videos below aim to help you get the most from your first years of teaching, offering support in physics pedagogy, subject knowledge, inclusion, and more. More videos will be added to this page throughout 2021/2022, so check back soon!

Maths in PhysicsMaths and language
Maths in PhysicsTeaching and learning
Maths in PhysicsSome issues with algebra
Assessment in PhysicsTypes of assessment
Assessment in PhysicsQuestioning
Assessment in PhysicsFeedback
Inclusion in PhysicsInclusive teaching techniques
Inclusion in PhysicsScience capital teaching approach
Inclusion in PhysicsParticipation in physics
Misconceptions in PhysicsIntroduction
Misconceptions in PhysicsAddressing misconceptions: thought experiments and refutation texts
Misconceptions in PhysicsAddressing misconceptions: bridge analogies and systems thinking
Practical Work in PhysicsPurpose and attention
Practical Work in PhysicsResearch
Practical Work in PhysicsPragmatic considerations and planning
Literacy in PhysicsEveryday words, to be added
Literacy in PhysicsExplanations, to be added
Literacy in PhysicsExpressions, to be added
Modelling in PhysicsTo be added
Cognitive LoadTo be added
Sequencing LessonsTo be added
Maths and language

Mark explores the challenges with using mathematical language and considers how the language of units can improve students' understanding of physics.

Teaching and learning

Mark tackles the issues both students and teachers face when dealing with maths in physics.

Some issues with albegra

Mark weighs up the pros and cons of different algebra methods including the triangle method, function machines and the balance method.

Types of assessment

Daisy introduces different types of assessment and what they are used for.


Daisy explains how we can use questions to deconstruct preconceived ideas and rebuild the correct ones, as well as how to use summative assessment in a formative way.


Daisy looks at effective feedback strategies, including using meaningful comments and targeted practical work feedback.

Inclusive teaching techniques

Saša elaborates on some inclusive teaching tips, giving advice, examples and considerations.

Science capital teaching approach

Daisy demonstrates how to increase engagement and participation through relating the content to students' everyday lives.

Participation in physics

Daisy identifies some barriers to participation and explores approaches to tackle these, such as making the physics relevant.

Misconceptions introduction

Carole explains what misconceptions are and gives an overview of strategies for preventing and addressing them.

Addressing misconceptions: thought experiments and refutation texts

Carole details a way to address misconceptions in students using a common example in forces.

Addressing misconceptions: bridge analogies and systems thinking

Carole explores two helpful strategies for preventing misconcpetions which utilise scaffolded modelling and metacognition.

Purpose and attention

James considers procedural and conceptual demand and explains, using examples, how we can steer students along in practical lessons.


James describes different research ideas and how they can be used in practical lessons, including linking the domain of ideas to the domain of observable things.

Pragmatic considerations and planning

James demonstrates how to use the ideas from the previous two videos in practical lesson planning.

These videos have been produced as part of the Early Career Professional Learning (ECPL) programme, which offers targeted support for early career teachers. Find out more or email ecpl@iop.org.

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