Members of the Science Department have been involved with 'Education in the Community' projects for a number of years.
A large part of the work at Charterhouse has been carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Physics in the important area of Physics teacher training. This involves developing and delivering workshops for NQTs and students at local teacher training universities.
Charterhouse believes that this is important national work which has a positive influence on the day-to-day work with pupils at Charterhouse.
Stimulating Physics Network Day
Charterhouse in collaboration with the Institute of Physics host a full day of Physics workshops and lectures for up to 180 of its members in July. For details of how to register for this free day, please contact the Institute of Physics.
Summer Residential Courses
Charterhouse School Governing Body, the Institute of Physics (IoP) and Surrey University work in partnership to produce two one-week residential course designed to boost Physics and Chemistry subject knowledge. The courses are run in early July at Charterhouse. The School's excellent laboratory facilities are put to good use delivering intensive courses that attract about thirty delegates from different teacher training institutions. A few more experienced teachers also attend.
Experienced teachers, university lecturers and guest presenters deliver talks and supervised lab work covering the basics of key stage 3 and 4. The delegates have an opportunity to meet recently qualified teachers during the evening sessions.
Saturday Knowledge Enhancement Sessions
Non-physics teacher training students and NQTs need extra help to build their confidence before entering the class room to teach KS3 and 4 Physics. Free subject booster sessions, held on a number of Saturdays in the Charterhouse labs, aim to help and encourage this process.
Feedback from teachers on the Courses
These Summer Residential Courses have been running for many years with a dedicated team of teachers and technicians. The following feedback encapsulates the many hundreds that have been attained over the years:
"Developed confidence in physics. Given a good understanding of the subject – able to teach at GCSE level due to revision exercises and practical skills gained from course."
"Clear explanation by excellent teachers and really fun and interesting demonstrations and experiments. Very useful teaching tips. Brilliant, most helpful and enjoyable. Wish my science teachers had been like this!"
"The practicals were extremely useful and exciting. It was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing. The presenters were amazing and were the highlight of each lesson. Special thanks to them and their patience with the students and their enthusiasm for chemistry."
"All three of the speakers were fantastic – I can’t honestly think of a way to improve. Excellent presenters with sound subject knowledge and experience."
"Superb teaching - lots of hands on experiments. Exciting - lots of ideas to use with pupils."
Easter Revision Course
A free Easter Revision Course for GCSE pupils is now an annual event. Up to 100 local state school pupils study Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics over a hectic two-day period. This has encouraged a long standing relationship with a number of local state schools.