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A level Physics CPD for Teachers

A series of free, online CPD sessions from King’s Maths School for teachers of Physics A level.

Each week Nora Kettleborough covers a different A-level topic and address the following outcomes:

  • Asking the explorative questions: getting students to lead their own learning
  • Increasing engagement in the subject & making links across the Physics A-level
  • Challenging high-attainers
  • Regular and explorative practical work

Here's the key information:

  • The content is non-exam board specific.
  • All sessions take place via Teams on Thursdays, 16.30 - 17.30
  • You can attend one, some, or all the sessions: whichever interest you.
  • The CPD is free, there is no charge to register or attend.

Please click here to register

Here's a list of the topics being covered during the Spring Term 2023:

Session Date Topic Overview
Session 1



  • Estimation
  • Dimensional analysis
  • Putting the maths back in
Session 2



  • Axioms of circuit theory
  • Practicals
  • Capacitors, AC, Signaling
Session 3



  • Progressive vs standing waves
  • Interference
  • ‘What is’ & ‘what if’ approaches
Session 4



  • Forces, motion and G-fields
  • Space links
  • Mapping with maths
Session 5


  • Temperature
  • Thermodynamics
  • Making the numbers real
Session 6 23/03 Simple Harmonic Motion
  • The bike analogy
  • Energy – link across the A-level
  • Exploring damping
Session 7


  • The story of the atom
  • Simulations
  • The energy debate
Session 8 20/04 Electromagnetism (EM)
  • The journey of E → B→ EM
  • EM machines in practice
  • Key concepts: flux, back emf

Teaching a 'top set' in KS4: success now, success later

A series of eleven online sessions taking place during the Autumn Term. The National Curriculum says that students “who grasp concepts rapidly should be challenged through being offered rich and sophisticated problems before any acceleration through new content”: this sounds lovely in theory, but how do we provide this in practice?

Robert Wilne will suggest an answer to this question. In the course you will examine and reflect on questions and tasks that

  • catalyse students’ mathematical reasoning
  • strengthen their problem-solving resilience
  • deepen their conceptual understanding
  • improve their procedural fluency

Here's the key course information:

  • There are eleven hour-long sessions, each one focusing on a particular GCSE topic.
  • All sessions are on Zoom on Wednesdays, 17:15-18:15.
  • You can attend one, some or all the sessions: whichever interest you.
  • The CPD is free, there is no charge to register or attend.

This course is now finished. If you missed out and would like to join us next time; join our mailing list and we will contact you at the start of the programme.

For further details, see the flyer:

Further Maths Professional Development

King's Maths School has been running courses to enhance teachers' understanding of the subject content and associated pedagogy of A Level Further Mathematics. Most recently Robert Wilne, a highly experienced sixth-form teacher and PD leader, led six online 2-hour sessions focusing on the bigger picture and finer detail of the key core pure topics in May and June 2020. For further details, see the dedicated course page.

We hope to repeat this course again in the future.

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