In September 2015, practical work in A-Level Physics stopped being assessed through examination – but was still a core part of the curriculum.
At the time we had been keeping a close eye on the support and resources available to teachers, and we thought that there was a gap. Although there were quite a few resources talking about how to do the assessed practicals, there wasn’t much to support teachers to think about WHY they should do the practical (beyond ‘it’s required’).
So we made a number of short films which we like to think of as ‘online CPD’ – a virtual prep room even – to start a discussion about what teachers might want students to get out of the practicals.
All of the films feature physics teacher Alom Shaha and build on the approach of Alom’s previous films about physics demonstrations , as well as the earlier Getting Practical project.
A number of the films were supported (financially and/or editorially) by The Ogden Trust, educational charity Physics Partners, and David Sang and NUSTEM would like to thank them for their support