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Programme Overview

Delivery Model Face to Face
What is Included
  • Certificate of attendance.
  • Course material (if applicable).
  • AED 1210 per delegate plus 5% VAT
  • Discounts available for 3 or more delegates from the same school.
  • If you would like bespoke in-school training, please contact Rebecca ( for more information.
Deadline booking date:

Wednesday 22nd March 2023

Date of Training Thursday 4th May 2023
Time (UAE) 8:45am to 3:30pm (UAE Time)
Platform Face to Face

Target audience

Great for anyone who wants to improve their delivery of physics, from specialists looking for a refresher and new ideas to primary teachers who want to ensure their students do not have misconceptions fed to them

Aims of the course

To transform your students’ attitude to learning physics by increasing engagement and enjoyment whilst improving their performance!

Intended outcomes

Physics is boring!” is an often heard comment. Many students feel physics is irrelevant and incomprehensible and switch off. This course looks at why they might do that and what can be done about it. We explore what the research suggests about girls’ disengagement and why high achieving girls in particular find learning physics stressful.

By the end of this course you should be able to go back to your classroom with renewed enthusiasm and be able to transform your students’ attitude to learning this wonderful subject.

Neil Atkin

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Neil Atkin has taught and continues to teach physics for over 30 years, but still feels he has a lot to learn! He has also been a maths teacher and understands the disjunction between the way science and maths teachers cover numeracy and the confusion this can cause for our students. Neil has delivered CPD to thousands of teachers as a trainer with the IOP and currently Physics Partners. . All his courses are innovative, hands on, challenging and fun - Yes algebra can be fun!! Neil is still teaching as well as teacher training and his ideas are very current, practical and proven to improve the performance of students

Programme details:

We will look at the fundamentals of human motivation and how we can use this to drive curiosity and deep thinking in physics.

Physics is challenging to teach as almost every concept is linked to other concepts. Students come in with a raft of misconceptions that they need to think deeply about in order to understand properly. We have to shift their belief system and the only way to do this is to induce deep thinking. Research suggests our students are not keen on deep thinking and this is the reason so many switch off and label it’s boring and hard.

One way forward is to induce curiosity to create a knowledge gap that students have a desire to fill and this course looks at how we might do this.

There are many reasons for girls engaging less in physics than boys and we will explore some of the most important and what can be done to make your classroom more inclusive and to increase the number of girls studying physics at a higher level


Day One  
08:45 Registration and refreshments.
09:00 Session 1: Engagement what is it?


● Why students switch off physics

● Why students are reluctant to think – and why they need to.

● The fundamentals of motivation

● Inducing curiosity as a driver to learning


● Maths in Physics – Stories that formulae and graphs tell us

10:30 Coffee Break.
11:00 Session 2: Friendly Physics!

● What does the research say about student engagement in physics?

● Strategies for a more inclusive and equitable classroom

● Maths in Physics – Stories that formulae and graphs tell us to transform understanding


13:00 Lunch Break.
14:00 Session 3:Activities and resources

● Activities to induce curiosity and highlight misconceptions.

●Putting it all together – Lesson planning


15:30 Finish.


About AtkinEdu

Neil taught physics very successfully, but wrongly for 25 years. He only realised this when he spent 8 years working for a national body teaching teachers how to teach physics with some of the best physics educators on the planet. This is the course he wishes he had done at the start of his career!

Neil has taught thousands of teachers globally to teach more effectively. His courses are very interactive and engaging, but challenging. He worked as part of a Gender Balance Team researching why girls tend to drop physics when they can and what can be done to improve it.

He is still teaching and still learning so this is an up to date tried and tested course.

Neil Atkin
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