Physics for Non Specialists Online - Forces

16 October 2021
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. Exclusive discounts apply to those registering for all 7 modules in AY 21-22 by 15th October 21 - see below.

Event Type: 
Online event
11-19 Teachers
Early Career Teachers

Course Description

This course comprises a series of 7 modules for 2021-2022 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. 

Modules are as follows:

16 October 2021 - Forces

13 November 2021 - Electricity

04 December 2021 - Energy

22 January 2022 - Waves

05 February 2022 - Electromagnetism

12 March 2022 - Radioactivity

02 April 2022 - Astronomy

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 

Forces Programme

An understanding of forces underpins much of physics and it is important to lay strong foundations early in secondary school. In this course we will address common student misconceptions, and we’ll look at how to label forces clearly and use a knowledge of resultant forces to predict motion. We will cover Newton’s 3 laws of motion as well as turning forces and machines, centripetal force and momentum, drawing on examples from everyday life throughout.

09:30 – 10:30 Session 1
Understanding contact and non-contact forces, freebody diagrams and resultant force, including terminal velocity. Newton’s first law. Useful experiments and demonstrations.

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:45 Session 2
Newton’s second law – theory, experiment and practice questions. Momentum. Pressure.

11:45 – 12:00 Break

12:00 - 13:00 Session 3
Newton’s third law and examples in everyday life. Turning forces and machines. Circular motion and centripetal force.

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

This module will be presented by Neal Gupta and Rob Bastin.

Neal Gupta has been teaching since 1993 and has experience in four different schools. At his last school, he was Head of Physics, STEM Coordinator and Head of Upper School, an SLT role.  Since 2008, Neal has also worked as a consultant for the Institute of Physics supporting the teaching of physics primarily across the East Midlands.

Dr Rob Bastin is Lead Teacher of Physics (SCITT) in a South London Secondary School, teaching KS3/4/5 and training teachers in local schools alongside his training role with Physics Partners. In 13 years of teaching, he has worked as Head of Physics in a range of schools along with developing online learning and supporting science teaching for a national MAT. He is a proud Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Member of the IOP.

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 is:

The normal price for the above resources is £15, reduced to £12 when you input the discount code which will be provided to registered participants.

Course Fees

Special discounted rates for those registering before 16th October, for the series of all 7 modules for Academic Year 21-22

ASE Member                                     £249.37

ASE Member student/RQT/NQT      £216.12

ASE Non-Member                             £498.75                               

Individual modules are priced as follows:

ASE Member                                     £37.50

ASE Member student/RQT/NQT      £32.50

ASE Non-Member                             £75.00

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.

For queries, please email