Physics For Non-Specialists Online - Electricity

21 November 2020
09:30 - 13:00

This series of modules delivered online, aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4.

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers

Course Description

This course comprises a series of modules and aims to support non-specialist, early career and trainee teachers with physics teaching to Key Stage 4. It will be delivered by experienced trainers from Physics Partners working in partnership with the ASE.

Each module is a 3-hour Saturday session, and will focus on one topic. The overarching aim is to improve participants’ confidence in teaching physics. 

The course will cover common physics misconceptions, pedagogical content knowledge and a structured approach to tackling GCSE level examination questions.  Novel teaching approaches will be also introduced as well as relevant online resources, including the ASE's Concept Cartoons, a valuable learning resource used by many teachers in physics lessons, which are available at discounted rates for course delegates.

Each Saturday programme will comprise:

  • 09:30 - 10:30 1st hour of online course
  • 10:30 - 10:45 15 minute break
  • 10:45 to 11:45 2nd hour of online course
  • 11:45 to 12:00 15 minute break
  • 12:00 to 13:00 final hour of online course

Further topics and dates arranged so far for the course are:

  • Saturday, 6th February 2021: Forces
  • Saturday 27th March 2021: Energy

Additional dates and topics may be added in summer term 2021. Bookings for each of the topics can be made via links on the ASE Events webpages.  For queries, please email

Electricity Module

Understanding how circuits work can be tricky, but explaining it to others is even more of a challenge.  In this module we will unravel the mysteries of electrical circuits and equip you with the tools to succeed in teaching this topic.

09.30 – 10.30  To start, we will draw on various models and analogies to deepen understanding of charge (starting with static electricity), current, voltage and resistance.

Break 10.30 – 10.45

10.45 – 11.45  We will demonstrate how to build circuits, including using online simulations, and how to make measurements of relevant electrical quantities to show the relationships between them.  Using the principle of “maths last” we will suggest ways of instilling a conceptual understanding before using formulae to ensure greater retention.

Break 11.45 – 12.00

12.00 – 13.00  Finally, we will tackle circuit problems and go through some exemplar questions.  We will use concept cartoons to embed what we have learned and share tips on ensuring success with class experiments.  There will be an opportunity to share ideas and ask questions.

All participants will receive a CPD certificate on receipt of a feedback form.

Course Presenters

Christina Astin taught physics for 22 years before becoming a teacher trainer with Physics Partners.  She also leads training for the Institute of Physics (of whom she is a Fellow) and STEM Learning. Christina’s approach is open and friendly and she loves to share her enthusiasm about physics!

Ben Ford is a Head of Physics in a South London Secondary School and has had the pleasure of teacher training with Physics Partners for the last five years. Along the way he has given  practical, pedagogy and teaching resources support to AET, Harris and the King College and Brunel University PGCE cohorts. In his teaching at the moment, Ben is focusing on cognitive load during practical work and the best ways to reduce teachers planning time.

Ruby Fu graduated from University of Oxford in Master of Physics. She has taught A Level and GCSE Physics for 8 years in Hong Kong. Ruby delivers her in-depth knowledge in a logical and simplified way, making complicated theories straight-forward.

Please note that by booking a ticket at this event, you agree to your Eventbrite data being shared between the ASE and Physics Partners.

Course Fees

ASE Member                   £35 + VAT

ASE Student/NQT/RQT  £30 + VAT

Non-Member                   £70 + VAT

Teachers from Multiple Academy Trusts may benefit from discounted rates according to the total number of teachers registered from each Trust - please email for further details.

Ticket sales close at 15:00hrs UK timezone, on Friday 20th November 2020.  Zoom links will be circulated shortly after ticket closure.

Supporting Teaching Resources - Concept Cartoons

ASE and Millgate House are delighted to be able to offer the Concept Cartoons physics package at a discounted rate for participants of Physics for Non Specialists.

Concept Cartoons are designed to introduce science concepts in everyday settings. Each character within the Cartoons has a different opinion about the science being discussed. All of the possible answers are plausible and highlight common learner misconceptions. Concept Cartoons are quick, simple and effective and designed to intrigue, provoke discussion and stimulate thinking. Every Cartoon is guaranteed to provoke passionate discussion and leave pupils wanting to know more.

The resources for physics teaching include the following:

  1. Section 1 – Living things
  2. Section 10 -  Light and shadow set 1
  3. Section 11 – Light and shadow set 2
  4. Section 12 – Sound set 1
  5. Section 13 – Sounds set 2
  6. Section 14 – Earth and moon
  7. Section 15 – Space and gravity
  8. Section 2 – The nature of materials
  9. Section 3 – Changes and properties of materials
  10. Section 4 – Electricity and magnetism set 1
  11. Section 5 – Electricity and magnetism set 2
  12. Section 6 – Physical and chemical changes
  13. Section 7 – Forces and motion

The link for viewing examples and ordering the Physics Concept Cartoons package is:

The normal price for the above resources is £15, reduced to £12 when you input the discount code ASEPhys20 When you "add to basket" and input the code, it will reduce the cost.

For queries, please email