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TSST Physics

2018-2019 programme

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) is an NCTL funded programme, available to qualified, non-specialist teachers who would like to develop their subject knowledge in order to deliver high quality, engaging lessons in this shortage subject.  The focus of the training is to increase subject knowledge and subject specific pedagogy across all topic areas and key stages to enable non-specialist teachers to teach physics.  The training provided is free to participant schools and is a great CPD option for those currently teaching or transitioning to teaching physics.

Participants who complete TSST will be awarded a certificate of completion from the Teaching School as well as formal CPD certification from the University of Hull. Further reflective writing can lead into Masters credits with the University of Hull, please contact us for further information on this.


To be eligible, candidates should meet one or more of the following criteria:




The training is free, being subsidised by the DfE and will take place at South Hunsley School, led by a dedicated School Improvement Leader for mathematics.  This is our third year of offering this programme, upskilling non-specialist physics teachers to enable them to deliver part or all of a physics curriculum up to KS4.

The programme is delivered through six face-to-face sessions during the academic year 2018 – 2019 with guided reading and reflection between these. Each session is focused on subject knowledge and pedagogy and gives participants access to a range of practical resources that they can use in the classroom.  We are currently in the process of finalising dates and times.  To register your interest in the course please complete and return the attached registration form.



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If you would like to find out more, please complete the form below to request more information.

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TSST Application Form

If you wish to apply for a place, please complete the form above and return  to enquiries@woldsteachingalliance.org.uk

Minimum Specification

Programme overview:

The TSST programme that the Wolds TSA are offering for the subject of Physics is focused primarily on training non-specialist Science teachers to deliver Physics in greater depth to Key Stage 3 students. We also have the capacity to offer Physics to teachers who are already confident at Key Stage 3 and need further training in order to be able to deliver it to Key Stage 4.


Through a blended learning approach, we aim to develop participants not only to be conversant with the relevant subject knowledge but also the most effective pedagogic approaches associated with learning in these areas. Participants will be given an experienced professional learning tutor who will support you throughout the programme.

 For those wishing to pursue a Masters degree, our programme is externally accredited by the University of Hull, reflecting the level of rigour of our course.

 Sessions will take place in the dedicated Teaching School spaces within our school. We are conveniently located 1 minute from the A63 with easy access by car and rail.

Participants in the Physics TSST programme will become more confident practitioners in the classroom. They will have access to a range of pedagogical approaches that they will be able to use with confidence. Their subject knowledge will also be improved leading to greater confidence of delivery.

The impact on the students will be rooted around a greater number of students at Key Stage 3 accessing Physics provision successfully at Key Stage 4. Misconceptions will be addressed more rapidly and teaching will be more confident, flexible and with a greater degree of differentiation.

Participants will undertake a baseline assessment – making use of GCSE level questioning to assess understanding of key concepts in Key Stage 3 Physics. This will inform the areas of strength and need for each of the participants and allow the delivery of the course to be effectively tailored for the needs of the individual participants. We will also assess the effectiveness of the course by conducting an end of course test that will ascertain the progress made by participants during the course.

Monitored learning will take place through:

Observation by delivery team of participants teaching target classes. In the case of participants as returners or not currently teaching Physics, provision will be made for the participant to plan and deliver parts of lessons to other Physics classes. It is expected that observation will be a regular part of the course delivery, taking place at regular intervals over the duration of the course. This will assist in the assessment of participant progress against the objectives for the course. A minimum of 3 observations will take place over the duration of the course – more where the deliverers of the programme deem it necessary

The Physics TSST provision at Wolds TSA will be from a team of outstanding practitioners. This includes:

A focus on both pedagogy and subject knowledge

Each of the planned sessions will focus on both the subject knowledge as well as the pedagogy needed to deliver the lessons effectively

In addition, each session will cover:

Where possible, introducing links into A level physics so that they’re aware of where the subject is heading and are able to signpost this for students

Independent Learning

School to School Support

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Wolds TSA schools understand the value of Joint Practice Development. South Hunsley staff have engaged in professional learning communities for a number of years.

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We are passionate about professional development and its role in raising standards. Whether you are interested in developing your skills in a teaching, leadership and management or non-teaching role, we can help you find the most appropriate programme.


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