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MAKING SENSE OF PHYSICS IN A DAY! Developing an Understanding for Non-Specialists Teaching Physics

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MAKING SENSE OF PHYSICS IN A DAY! Developing an Understanding for Non-Specialists Teaching Physics

  • Created By Neil Atkin
  • Last Updated October 25th, 2022

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 Wednesday 3rd May 2023
Time (UAE) 8:45am to 3:30PM (UAE Time)
Platform Face to Face

Target audience

Perfect 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 make you a better teacher of physics by improving your understanding and making clear the joy that teaching physics can bring!

Intended outcomes

A new understanding of how physics, which can be seen as a seven piece jigsaw puzzle fits together in order to make sense. Physics is rarely if ever taught as a series of interconnections. By the end of this course you should be able to see how everything fits together and to go back to your classes with a wealth of new ideas you can use straight away.

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:

Physics is tricky to teach as almost every concept is linked to other concepts that we may not have taught yet. It is imperative that we understand all of these interconnections in order to deliver a coherent program of study.Misconceptions abound in physics, our students do not enter our classroom without ideas of how physics works, on the contrary they have many, most of which are wrong. We have to destroy erroneous beliefs before we can replace them with better models. You will be shown strategies on how to do this.

This course is not just about understanding individual concepts, it is about making sense of the whole body that students need to learn. How forces underpin almost all other concepts, how energy is massively misunderstood, how the maths tells the same stories as physics does.You will be encouraged to ask questions and will be supported writing lesson plans.


Day One  
08:45 Registration and refreshments.
09:00 Session 1: Introduction to the Seven Piece Jigsaw Puzzle that is


● Why physics is difficult to teach and how to make it easier

● What do you know, or think you know?

● Exploring the links between the topics

● How Forces underpin most other concepts

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


10:30 Coffee Break.
11:00 Session 2: Why Energy is so misunderstood and what to do about


● Energy, the topic which is much more complicated than

most people think

● A better model for energy and how it links to the other


● Waves and how they link to energy and forces


13:00 Lunch Break.
14:00 Session 3: Electricity

● Simplifying what is probably the hardest concept of all to teach!

● A better model thinking about fields (don’t worry this is not as

complicated as it sounds!)


15:30 Finish.


About AtkinEdu

Neil’s background in challenging schools led him to develop the physics of activities students found engaging such as football, surfing, and skateboarding. “You can teach most of the forces topic using a skateboarder doing an ollie and the skaters will listen to you!”

A hearing loss forced Neil from the classroom where he loved being an Advanced Skills Teacher in challenging schools- Terrible title, but wonderful job. So he became an educational consultant and the more he learned, the more he realised he had and still has to learn. But digital tools have enabled him to effectively teach again and have opened a whole host of new opportunities.


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