Monday, 12 December 2011

AQA AS Physics Day 2 - Tuesday 13th December

"A fantastic day full of new ideas and practical activities" -delegate

Thursday, 8 December 2011

AQA AS Physics Day 1 - Friday 9th December 2011

'Excellent day - I've learned a lot' - delegate


Twilight Physics CPD 2 - Nuclear Physics - 8th December 2011 - KESH Academy

8 teachers braved the wild weather to attend the latest free twilight CPD session at KESH. This week's theme was Nuclear Physics.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Braidwood Year 9 Energy Masterclass - Wednesday 7th December 2011











"I feel excited and have lot's of fun during my lessons at the Physics Factory." Morgan.

Friday, 2 December 2011

Camp Hill School for Boys

The Physics Factory delivered a lecture on PET Scanners and Pulse Oximetry at the Year 10 Science Day at Camp Hill School for Boys. The session was delivered to a total of 90 students who were absolutely enthused with medical physics by the end of the day!

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

NQT Training at the Beeches - Tuesday 22nd November 2012

Another fantastic day of science training for our Birmingham NQT's

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Physics Factory Medical Physics Event at Thinktank - 17th/18th November 2011

For lots more information follow the link below:

http://hswbham.blogspot.com/





Almost 400 year 10 and 11 students came to our Medical Physics event. Each day included 14 hands-on Workshops run thanks to clinical scientists/other professionals from the QE and Selly Oak NHS hospitals, paramedics, equipment suppliers, Aston university and others. Prof Stuart Green gave an amazing key note talk highlighting how important Physics is in the delivery of 21st Century diagnostic techniques.
The students had a go at using defibulators, endoscopes, pulse oximeters, ultrasound, respiratory equipment, optical kit, radiation protection suits and X-rays to see through a Kinder surprise chocolate egg! A show of hands at the beginning and end of the day evidenced how many more were consider A-level Physics as a result of this action-packed day.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Priestley Smith School - BTEC Waves & Radiation Lesson - Tuesday 8th November 2011

I had an amazing time today. I will never forget the experience of going to the Physics Factory! Student

Friday, 7 October 2011

Moseley School - A2 Particle Physics Masterclass - Friday 7th October 2011 at KESH Academy Physics Factory

Moseley School's exceptionally hard-working A2 Physics class visited for an intensive day of Particle Physics. The impressive students made excellent progress - well done lads!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

'New' Physics Factory Ambassadors Induction Meeting - Monday 3rd October 2011

We are pleased to welcome a number of enthusiastic year 12 students personally benefitted from coming to the Physics Factory from their Birmingham Schools and, as a direct result, achieving grades they did not think they were capable of in Physics.  The ambassadors will encourage visiting pupils of all levels and demonstrate that physics isn't as hard as it is sometimes perceived to be. They also have an important role telling visiting business leaders how the Physics Factory made a difference to them.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Saltley School - Edexcel P2 day - Friday 30th September 2011


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21 Pupils visited the KESH Academy Physics Factory on Friday for a day of preparation for their P2 Edexcel Physics exam in November. They covered almost half of the syllabus, including work on Nuclear Physics and Static Electricity.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

AS and A2 ideas and development day - KESH Academy Physics Factory - 27th September 2011


"An excellent opportunity to share ideas in a relaxed atmosphere" - delegate

Friday, 16 September 2011

Hodgehill School - Friday 16th September 2011

23 pupils came to KESH Academy Physics Factory to complete their P2 Physics IAA. Good luck Year 11!

Harborne Academy Year 8 Forces Lesson - Wednesday 14th September 2011

Fantastic morning, highly engaging and inspirational! M Sandhu, Harborne Academy teacher.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Waverley Meet The Parents Event - Friday 9th September 2011

I will be taking my students to the Physics Factory every Monday and Friday afternoon to be taught the EDEXCEL P2 and P3 components. I've already visited the Physics Factory and found it to be a truly inspirational environment to learn Physics! Juhela Choudhury, NQT Teacher, Waverley School.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Dr Jenny Watson - Assistant Director of Learning - 31st August 2011

Hello, I'm Jenny Watson - the newest starter at the Physics Factory in Birmingham.

I did a PhD on Low-temperature High-magnetic field Semiconductors in Oxford University, followed by a post doc in Belgium. Since then I've been working, firstly in IT. Following this I have been a Secondary Science teacher for three years.

I am really excited about my new role at the Physics Factory, where I shall be producing electronic and physical resources and helping deliver CPD and topic-focussed Physics teaching to students from Birmingham schools and further afield.

Friday, 26 August 2011

King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy - GCSE Grades 25th August 2011

21 students sat GCSE Physics. 95% passed at A*-C with 24% of students achieving an A or A* grade.

A special well done to Laura Cartmell, Hamza Chowdhury, Ruth Harris, Nahidur Rahman and Mitchell Thompson who all achieved a B grade on the difficult module 3 paper, and Sophie Trevis who achieved an A grade on that paper!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Al-Hijrah (Girls) GCSE Physics Grades - 25th August 2011

Physics Factory support:
1. Intensive whole day teaching session to maximise P2 IAA grades (10% of the total marks)
2. All of unit P3 was taught (30% of the total marks)
3. Provided unique CPD opportunities for visiting teachers to observe outstanding Physics lessons
4. Physics Factory revision materials provided for students and access to after school revision sessions

Note: National statistics for GCSE Physics for August 2011
% of grades between A* and C = 93.6%
% of grades either A* or A = 48.4%

Al-Hijrah (Boys) GCSE Physics Grades - 25th August 2011

Physics Factory support:
1. Intensive whole day teaching session to maximise P2 IAA grades (10% of the total marks)
2. All of unit P3 was taught (30% of the total marks)
3. Provided unique CPD opportunities for visiting teachers to observe outstanding Physics lessons
4. Physics Factory revision materials provided for students and access to after school revision sessions

Note: National statistics for GCSE Physics for August 2011
% of grades between A* and C = 93.6%
% of grades either A* or A = 48.4%

Waverley GCSE Physics Grades - 25th August 2011

Physics Factory support:
1. Intensive whole day teaching session to maximise P2 IAA grades (10% of the total marks)
2. All of unit P3 was taught (30% of the total marks)
3. P2 Re-take revision classes were delivered
4. Provided unique CPD opportunities for visiting teachers to observe outstanding Physics lessons
5. Physics Factory revision materials provided for students and access to after school revision sessions


Note: National statistics for GCSE Physics for August 2011
% of grades between A* and C = 93.6%
% of grades either A* or A = 48.4%

Harborne Academy GCSE Physics Grades - 25th August 2011

Physics Factory support:
1. All of unit P3 was taught during just 5 full day sessions (30% of the total marks).
2. Provided unique CPD opportunities for visiting teachers to observe outstanding Physics lessons
3. Physics Factory revision materials provided for students and access to after school revision sessions


Note: National statistics for GCSE Physics for August 2011
% of grades between A* and C = 93.6%
% of grades either A* or A = 48.4%

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Shireland Collegiate Academy - Thursday 7th July 2011 - KESH Academy Physics Factory

17 Pupils from Shireland Collegiate Academy visited the KESH Academy Physics Factory for some intensive AQA P3 Physics Tuition. Students covered Sound, Ultrasound, Light and Lenses in a practical-packed session.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 6 (Earth in Space) - Thurs 21st July 2011

Good luck in your teaching career everyone! Philip Jones/Neil Drury.

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 5 (Light and Sound) - Wed 20th July 2011

I've learnt Physics is accessible and can be for everyone. Tim Wright.

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 4 (E.M.S. and Radioactivity) - Tue 19th July 2011

I love Physics now and can't wait to teach it! Dawn Price.

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 3 (Electricity and Magnetism) - Fri 15th July 2011

Physics is fun! You're a great sport Ian!

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 2 (Forces and Motion) - Wed 13th July 2011

I learnt loads today, especially about common misconceptions relating to forces. Lizzy Durham.

NUC Physics Enhancement Course Day 1 (Energy) - Tue 12th July 2011

Helped with my understanding as well as how to make it interesting. Amazing! Yvette

Monday, 4 July 2011

Braidwood Year 8 Forces and Motion - Monday 4th July 2011

Keith, the day was supposed to be for your students! Philip Jones

Monday, 27 June 2011

Baverstock Year 8 Forces & Motion Enthuse Lesson - Tuesday 28th June 2011

I've learnt a lot today. I never knew Physics was so interesting! Year 8 girl student from Baverstock School.
 Gabrielle Darby, Baverstock Science teacher.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Castle Vale Science Department Training - EDEXCEL P2/P3 Radioactivity (27th June 2011)

I will be teaching EDEXCEL P3 next year and don't think I would of been able to manage without todays training! Kat Dockery, Castle Vale.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

EDEXCEL P1 New Specification Training (Day 2) - Thursday 16th June 2011











 The training day was well paced, covering a lot of topics in a highly structured and digestable manner. The practicals were thought provoking. H Bal, Harborne Academy.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

EDEXCEL P1 New Specification Training (Day 1) - Tuesday 14th June 2011












A very useful day, lots of ideas to make the specification exciting! Vicky Wise, Golden Hillock.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

KESH Academy Year 11 students - final Physics Factory lesson





Has the Physics Factory inspired students to want to study Physics at A Level?

Before attending the Physics Factory
3/22 (14%) said they definitely wanted to study Physics at A Level
5/22 (23%) said they were considering studying Physics at A Level
14/22 (63%) said they had no intention of even considering studying Physics at A Level


After being taught Physics at the Physics Factory
8/22 (40%) say they are definitely going to study Physics at A Level
3/22 (10%) say they are considering studying Physics at A Level
11/22 (50%) say they have no intention of studying Physics at A Level

Monday, 30 May 2011

AQA P1 New Specification Training (Day 2) - Thursday 9th June 2011












The sequence of ideas made things flow more logically! Kris Kelly, Broadway School.

AQA P1 New Specification Training (Day 1) - Tuesday 7th June 2011

A great course! Loads of ideas to take back and share. Stewart Feather, Selly Park.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

AQA AS Physics CPD - Day 2 - Thursday 19th May 2011

Some comments from delegates:

‘The most useful course I have been on’ - Scott Porter, Windsor High School, Dudley



‘This was an excellent course, pitched and paced just right’ - Stewart Feather, Selly Park Technology College


‘I feel more confident and inspired to start teaching A level Physics again after a four year break’ - Chris Etheridge, Aston Manor School

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Year 11 Al-Hijrah (girls group) - last Physics Factory lesson - Wed 18th May 2011

Has the Physics Factory inspired students to want to study Physics at A Level?

Before attending the Physics Factory
0/15 (0%) said they definitely wanted to study Physics at A Level
3/15 (20%) said they were considering studying Physics at A Level
12/15 (80%) said they had no intention of even considering studying Physics at A Level

After being taught Physics at the Physics Factory
8/15 (53%) say they are definitely going to study Physics at A Level
5/15 (33%) say they are considering studying Physics at A Level
2/15 (14%) say they have no intention of studying Physics at A Level

Monday, 16 May 2011

Good luck to Waverley Year 11 students - Monday 16th May 2011

Before being taught at the Factory I hated Physics! The Physics Factory made everything seem easier! Student 




Has the Physics Factory inspired students to want to study Physics at A Level?

Before attending the Physics Factory
3/18 (17%) said they definitely wanted to study Physics at A Level
2/18 (11%) said they were considering studying Physics at A Level
13/18 (72%) said they had no intention of even considering studying Physics at A Level


After being taught Physics at the Physics Factory
6/18 (33%) say they are definitely going to study Physics at A Level
7/18 (39%) say they are considering studying Physics at A Level
5/18 (28%) say they have no intention of studying Physics at A Level

Feedback from a Year 11 Colmers student

Hi Phil,
This is a note from a Year 11 student here at Colmers who is leaving next week. Ian Atkins, Science teacher, Colmers





Hello Mr Jones, after some careful consideration and doing well in my exams, thanks to you I have decided to take A Level Physics at college next year. Overall I achieved a grade A and wanted to thank you for all your help, it was very much appreciated. Rachael Whitehead... hope you remember who i am :)