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Department of Physics

Durham Ogden Schools’ Partnership

Ogden Schools’ Partnerships receive support from The Ogden Trust and aim to support and encourage physics teaching and learning.

Durham’s Ogden Partnership is committed to developing physics by aiming to engage and inspire our students, and trying new projects that challenge and enthuse students and teachers alike.

Our programmes include:

• training and support for over 50 Sixth Form and KS3/4 Science Ambassadors who, this year alone, have engaged over 1500 primary school pupils and adults with their exciting science workshops;

• a resource sharing and physics teaching support network coordinated by our Ogden Teaching Fellow;

• the experimental Digital Physics project that has challenged Year 8s to research a topic, then design and write their own computer programme to communicate their findings to their peers.

We also maintain a high-level of additional activities and events including overnight trips to Kielder Observatory and CERN, visits to the Medical Physics and Radiology departments of University Hospital of North Durham and a nuclear power station, and lectures, workshops and planetarium sessions from Durham University academics.

Hub: Ogden Science Officer@Durham University

Co-ordinator: Lorraine Coghill


Partnership schools: Bishop Barrington School, Bishop Auckland; Parkside Academy, Willington; Sedgefield Community College, Sedgefield; St Bede’s RC School & Sixth Form College, Lanchester; Tanfield School, Stanley; Whitworth Park School & Sixth Form College, Spennymoor

Additional partners: Durham Local Authority, Durham University

We would like to thank The Ogden Trust for their support as well as Business Durham for supporting the Ogden Science Ambassadors.